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Volume 9 Issue 11 February 2017 ` 150

SHADES OF SEDUCTION

FASHION TURN-ONS

Lace, leather & lingerie

Postcards

from New York ing

Jacqueline FernandeZ

LET’S TALK ABOUT SEx, BABY The New Pin-Up Boys Dos and don’ts of Dirty Prose Stories from the Other Sex


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NEWS 14 10 HOT STORIES We talk fetishes, introduce the new sexy, and show you how the wild translates into lust-worthy covetables. Fashion week season is upon us, and we turn the spotlight on the new talent you should stalk

FEATURES 26 THE REAL DEAL Jacqueline Fernandez is just like you and me 32 PLEASURE BEYOND PARTS 36 IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE 40 MORE OR LESS 42 BLAME IT ON RIO 46 HOW TO WRITE GOOD SEX

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FASHION 11 THE FASHION CHARTS 48 #NSFW Warning: You will find heavy doses of borderline S&M styles 56 ALL IN A NIGHT 64 UNDERNEATH IT ALL 66 TRENDSPOTTING: CHAINLINK 67 THE WAY WE WEAR IT: LACE CAMISOLE 68 JUST ONE THING: PEEK-A-BOO 69 FASHION FLASHBACK 70 ON THE STYLE RADAR 72 LOVE LOVE LOVE 93 WHERE TO FIND IT 94 GET IT BEFORE IT GOES

12 BEAUTY CHARTS 74 THE COLOUR LUST Time to explore a colour other than red for passion 78 I WANT YOUR SEX… 79 SLICK AND SEXY 80 THE GRAZIA LAKMÉ TEA PARTY 82 BEAUTY REPORTER 84 FEMME FATALE 85 LOVE LOVE LOVE

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G O L D All that glit ters is just a hint of things to come. As one of the most enticing shades out there, gold hints at decadent amorous tr ysts. Our skin tones love gold, and it’s hard to resis t glowing, gleaming skin.

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EDITOR’S DESK his month, we put the sex back in fashion, and while we’re at it, we decided to, well, talk about sex as well. The mighty millennials may have lost interest in sex (researched articles have reported that Generation M is having less sex than Generation X), but we decided to heat things a bit this February. No handbooks and how-tos for us though. We prefer to let fashion take the lead with some lace, leather and lingerie. There’s also a lot of new people to meet in this issue. Our pin-up boys are a motley bunch – we’ve got an actor, a sportsman, an entrepreneur, a pageant winner and a model – different professions but with a common denominator of hotness. We also introduce you to some amazing trans-persons for an insight into their world of sex and dating, intertwined with the complexity of being the other sex in today’s society. Rounding it up is some dirty prose – how to score with it at least. And in our beauty section, we let our lust colour in our vanity drawers. Did you expect it all to be red? Our cover girl this month, Jacqueline Fernandez, is an absolute winter bunny – even four degrees of NYC chill could

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LBD, sky-high heels and a stylish cover-up. PA RT Y STA RTE R

“My party essentials would most definitely include a LBD. This dress from Lulu and Sky is modest enough with its midi length, which is a huge trend right now, but is balanced with a peek of cleavage that gives it an edge. I love layering with a statement jacket that helps make an entrance and lace-up boots are my current favourites. The colours I am jonesing right now are the more subtle shades of olives and khaki balanced with

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nudes and rust. Hence the boots. Coincidentally enough, these colours are also on the Pantone shade card for 2017.”

Thank you for the issue that was carefully crafted and lovingly produced to help us make it through the first 30 days of 2017, the best first month of any year. Your spreads on the coolest trends, products and styles triedand-tested on models, celebrities, fashion and style aficionados, designers, make-up artists and other influencers have elevated your reader’s game.

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“I wore the skirt as a dress and layered it with this striking pearl embellished sweater. The look is reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw zipping through the city. The bomber jacket thrown over is my personal touch of tough.” C O S M O C ATC H - U P

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ust workout, must find love, must shop sensibly, must clean wardrobe – sound familiar? Just our new year resolutions year after year. While we intend to refresh every corner of our life, we are wising up and planning ahead when it comes to our 2017 wardrobe. We hereby vow to stock up on super-stylish clothes that fit the bill for all our RSVPs, and have some serious staying power. Lucky for us, newbie label Lulu and Sky has arrived, and brings with it a mash-up of latest trends, flirty silhouettes, AM basics, nightlife requisites and accessories to polish off every outfit. With a basket-full of goodies we are coveting, the site is a daily visit for us as it is for bloggers Shereen Lovebug and Santoshi Shetty of The Styledge. We get the two ladies to play dress-up with Lulu and Sky to create copy-worthy #ootds. While Shereen brings her signature laid-back style to create ideal AM looks – from brunching with the girls to running errands in style, Santoshi lends her sultry-chic vibe to create ensembles that are perfect for PM, be it a cosmo-run or to rule the party circuit. BRUNCHIN’ BABE

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Basic shirt, pleated skirt and a backpack. WERKIN’ IT

“Shirts are so versatile and there are so many ways to wear it – it comes as no surprise I own a billion of them. Dress them up with a brooch for a dollop of quirk or layer it with a jacket for a workday; a good shirt is definitely a wardrobe staple. I personally like mine paired with a skirt, finished with a pair of booties and

Grazia Style Tip Opt for a pink pout and space buns to quirk-up your AM outfit. Come PM, swipe red for siren lips, complete with lashes for days.

a backpack in sequins or a pop of colour to glam it up a dash. I am also currently crushing on season trends like pastels, pleats and florals, and Lulu and Sky seems to be on-point with what’s trending.”

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“I love this busy look what with the animal print blouse, metallic skirt and the tough military jacket to match those boots. Perfect for a lazy Saturday lunch or a boozy brunch.”

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or many teens at Coachella, the bindi is adopted as simply a shiny thing to stick on the forehead, part of “performances of an exoticised femininity” as Sunaina Maira notes in her book Desis in the House. For many women back here in India though, the vivid dot is often a religious emblem or a signifier of marital status. But for Svetha Rao aka Raja Kumari, the humble adhesive bindi is an identity marker. The Indian-American rapper and songwriter wears it almost every day, on stage and off, shopping for dozens and dozens of bindi packs – even maang teekas, nose rings and other jewellery – when she finds herself in India like she did last month. And this, possibly, is a metaphor for Raja’s – as she prefers to call herself, and what her audiences know her as – ambitions and journey, treating India as a culture and not a costume. “Growing up in California, the only Indian I saw on TV was

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The Sari Project will be the first digital anthology on how to the drape the sari, showcased via a series of short films. Spearheaded by Malika Verma Kashyap, it also shows us why it’s cool enough to be worn with sneakers

designed my first sari with a rainbow blouse in beautiful mashru with a dyed chiffon dupatta,” recalls Malika Verma Kashyap. Kashyap, founder of digital publication Border & Fall, has carefully curated a group of members to be a part of The Sari Project, with the aim of creating 84 short films, as well as three independent films to engage with the dialogue of the sari. In a world replete with fast-fashion, high-street brands and ever-changing trends, she sensed it was a critical time for a perception shift with regards to the garment. It’s been crowd funded successfully via Kickstarter, and Kashyap couldn’t be more grateful of her dream team. “A project like this is just about passion, there’s no revenue associated with it at this stage, it’s a labour of love.” The short films will be created by Pooja Kaul, a filmmaker with an alternative perspective; Q, who has been personally documenting the sari over the past decade; and American photographer Bon Duke. “It was great to have the idea validated by somebody who has no ties to India or the sari but views it as the cultural opportunity it is,” adds Kashyap, who hopes the project will spread awareness, and break preconceived notions beyond India’s borders.

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ivi, Koli, Surguja, Meher – just some of the innumerable species of drapes your grandmother would probably know by the back of her hand. The sari is often viewed as cumbersome, held together by an army of pesky safety pins and monumental layers. On the contrary, it happens to be the most versatile garment, and forgiving, with the ability to suit women of any age or silhouette. “I grew up in Montreal, and I remember the first present I ever asked for from my nani was a sari; at age five I

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The project also consists of Rta Kapur Chisti, author of Saris: Tradition and Beyond who lent her academic insight, as well as stylist Deep Kailey. “It’s important for us to project the sari in a different light – boots and brogues make for an exciting alternative to heels or other traditional footwear. Then, turning the notion of the sari blouse on its head, one should feel free to wear a T-shirt, jumper or shirt instead. It all helps to make the sari a part of your everyday wardrobe and less of a costume. The ‘how to tie different drapes’ series will do this; they will articulate that it’s not complicated,” says Kailey. The Sari Project places the traditional garment in a contemporary context. It aspires to educate, and also at some level support the weaving and craft community. One can check Border & Fall for updates on the short films that will be available for viewing free of charge accross various social media platforms as well as a dedicated digital site. “The ambition is make the sari more accessible as an idea. The mental association of its relevance in our life needs to be altered. The response and support we have received from our audience, as well as the design community so far has been phenomenal. We will be soon embarking on our journey to shoot these films in various pockets of the country,” says Kashyap.

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I can always trust Grazia to think out-of-the-box. You guys dealt with the entire spectrum of art, beauty and fashion, dissecting the art scene through the piece on the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, contemplating the new Cruise/ Resort trends, elucidated the mystery of the sari drape through the piece on The Sari Project, projected athleisure in a new way, and debated the environmental issues of fashion through Ethically Yours.

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his is not about you changing your skin. Because you can’t, and you shouldn’t. What this is about is defending your skin, protecting it, and pampering it. It’s as much about your health as it is about looking good. So yes, exercise and diet do play a massive role. But our lifestyles are not entirely in our control. Deadlines will set up shop in our stress centres and the roads will be misted with smog. The sun will thankfully continue to shine, even as our UV cloud cover slowly depletes. So as a new year dawns, we figure we might as well start off being a bit organised and focus each month on a new or relatively new aspect of skin care. Honestly, this isn’t an exceptionally exhaustive list. What it’s meant to do is introduce you to new advancements in skincare – so you can pick and choose depending on your concern. »

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OIL ABSORBING PRIMERS There are some purists who dismiss this as an unnecessar y step in a make-up routine. But with our t r o p i c a l w e a t h e r, w e f e e l t h i s i s a m e g a b o o n . Wo r n w i t h o r w i t h o u t make-up, oil absorbing primers are a g o d s e n d i n s u m m e r. T h e y k e e p s e b u m in check, without disturbing the natural oil content in our skin. Many primer s also contain skin benef icial ingredients like vitamin E and C – and of ten some facial oils double up as per fect bases and barriers. TRY F a c e s U l t i m e P r o P e r f e c t i n g P r i m e r, ` 899/30 ML Lakmé Absolute Blur Perfect P r i m e r, ` 6 5 0 Benefit POREfessional Pro Balm, price on request Make Up Forever Step 1 Correctors, ` 3,300 each

TRY Sisley black rose cream mask, price on request Clarins Hydra quench cream mask, price on request Shiseido Ibuki beauty sleeping mask, price on request Just B Au Naturel Radiant Pink Clay Mask with Hibiscus, ` 800

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TRY K a m a A y u r v e d a P u r e M o g r a W a t e r, ` 8 7 5 P AY O T F l o r a l Tr e a t m e n t W a t e r , ` 2 , 5 8 7

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TRY Innisfree lava sea water essence, ` 2,300 Origins Original Skin Essence Lotion, price on request S u - M a n R e h y d r a t i n g To n i n g E s s e n c e , ` 3 ,19 0

“There will be and should be focus on restoring facial hydration and improving t h e s k i n b a r r i e r,” s a y s D r J a i s h r e e S h a r a d . “Think of ingredients such as antioxidants, VitaNiacin a unique patented combination of v i t a m i n B 3 (n i a c i n a m i d e), p r o - v i t a m i n B5 and vitamin E, specif ically formulated to help s treng then skin’s mois ture b a r r i e r.” I t ’ s t h e s t a r i n g r e d i e n t o f O l a y To t a l E f f e c t s L i g h t w e i g h t M o i s t u r i z e r .

HYDROSOLS Korea is currently crushing on hydrosols, so of cour se the world follows s u i t . O d d l y e n o u g h , t h i s t i m e , w e ’ r e l e a d i n g t h e b r i g a d e . Tu r n s o u t u s Indians have been using hydrosols for centuries. Hydrosols are f loral waters, weakened steam distilled lef tovers from essential oils. The lat ter is of ten too much for sensitive skins, which is where the hydrosol steps in with similar benef it but none of the cribbage. Like… Rose Wa t e r. A n I n d i a n h o m e s t a p l e l i k e c o c o n u t o i l . G r e a t t o t o n e , m i x w i t h mud packs, and refreshing enough to spray on as the weather changes from pleasant to horrid.

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ESSENCE Of all the multiple annoying steps of the legendar y Korean skincare r o u t i n e (r a n g i n g b e t w e e n 10 -18) , the essence is our favourite. A watered down version of a serum, this is a charge of nutrients for your skin at the most basic level possible. The liquid itself feels like silky water and smoothening over your face is incredibly refreshing. There is zero residue. At a f lash, it c a n a l s o w o r k a s a c l e a n s e r.

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TRY O l a y To t a l E f f e c t s L i g h t w e i g h t M o i s t u r i z e r, p r i c e o n r e q u e s t Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser

What does 2017 hold for us? And how should you celebrate the skin you’re born with?

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A PR IL ANTI POLLUTION T R E AT M E N T S As our cities slowly self-destruct with i n d u s t r i a l w a s t e c l o g g i n g t h e a i r, o u r o n l y defence is an arsenal that doubles up as skin armour and soothing balm as an af tereffect. As Dr Milan Choksey points out – follow a regime of cleanse, repair and protect. For sun protection, look for a broad spectrum sunscreen against both U VA a n d U V B r ay s a n d a l s o i n f r a - r e d r ay s . TRY L a Ro c h e - Po s ay E f f a c l a r D u o+, ` 1, 3 5 0 Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 50, price on request

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Your January issue was a great read but my absolute favourite was the one titled Skin Deep. Thank you for giving us a wonderful chart of skincare regime for the entire year. It’s so helpful with brilliant product details that make it so easy to pick up and use. Breaking it up into months makes it easier to budget too.

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One of our colleagues recently t o s s e d t h i s o u t , “ To b e h o n e s t , d o mask s really help? I don’t see any dif ference .” Cue cus tomar y gasps . Like with exercise, the eff icacy of any skin treatment will be visible over time. Besides the obvious pampering that a mask, sheet or cream promises, it’s also the deliver y of potent hydr ants, vitamins and antioxidants t h a t ’ s a m a j o r p l u s . 15 -2 0 m i n u t e s of a concentrated shot of cell rejuvenating goodness – if you’re not breaking out, what’s the wor s t that can happen?

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Debutant cover girl Aafreen Vaz made for a great start-of-year cover with her fresh-faced innocence and innate sense of style. I loved the infectious laughter and vivaciousness of the threesome in The Sisterhood Of the Travelling Pants. I just wish I had a similar experience in my own life.

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Dusty rose and bubblegum pink bring about a playful mood against the royal city of Jaisalmer

Embellished blouse, www.asos.com, ` 5,300; wide-legged culottes, Lovebirds, price on request; faux fur coat and suede mules, both H&M, ` 4,999 and ` 2,500 respectively

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ETHICS FIRST

FASHION FASHION “We work on a zero waste principle. Most of the textile leftover is utilised in making objects of interest like toys and accessories” Anavila Misra, Anavila Handloon khadi linen sari, leftover fabric doll, both Anavila, prices on request.

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CONTRIBUTORS

MATTHEW TUOZZOLI Hair stylist, The Real Deal (pg 56)

Q What was the thought behind Jacqueline’s hairstyle in the cover story? We wanted her hairstyle to feel soft and feminine with a little bit of an edge. She has this unbelievable lioness mane, so I curled her hair and then deconstructed it with lots of texture and salt spray.

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Photographer, #NSFW (pg 82) Q What was your concept for the shoot? Sex. But the unspoken and mysterious kind. It’s visual, raw and powerful.

BRIAN HORTON

Writer, Pleasure Beyond Parts (pg 62) Q How did you think babies were made before you knew the real answer? Before I read about how babies were made from an encyclopedia in the 4th grade, my mother used to tell me that I fell from the sky and landed on a tree in our backyard.

RICHARD WILKINSON

Make-up artist, #NSFW (pg 82) Q How did you think babies were made before you knew the real answer? I think I’ve forgotten that altogether, but I would still like to think that babies come from angels in all their shining glory.

JAKE JONES

Photographer, The Real Deal (pg 56) Q What was your concept for the shoot? As it was my first time working with Jackie, I wanted to create more of a day-in-the-life-of story with her. I always try to not force a character or direct my subject too much.

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SREEMOYEE PIU KUNDU

Writer, Stop With The Slut Shaming (pg 140) Q How did you think babies were made before you knew the real answer? When daddy rubs his hands all over mummy’s tummy on their wedding night. This is what my best friend told me in school.


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FASHION CHARTS Spring’s love for colour finds its way on to our lust list

Frilled dress, Hemant & Nandita, ` 14,600 This dress has all our favourite spring trends packed in. Frills, graphic prints and metallics – it’s hard to resist.

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Graphic coin pouch, Tumi, price on request We’ve got the ‘IT’ bag covered, now it’s on to what’s inside. Don’t ignore those coins – now that demonetisation has made them handier than ever.

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Patent leather block heels, Aldo, ` 7,990 Comfortable block heels in pastels are all you need to seamlessly transition your wardrobe. They elevate the most basic look, quite literally.

3 ‘Chemin des Tourelles’ watch, Tissot, price on request It’s a classic, it’s minimal and it’s just the right shade of white to complement all that colour in your wardrobe.


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FASHION CHARTS 6 Knit pullover, Tommy Hilfiger, ` 4,499 Colour blocking and Breton stripes – here is another product that marries two of our favourite trends. It looks like February is all about this multi-trend standout piece.

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‘Kan 1’ bag, Fendi, price on request This month’s ‘IT’ bag comes in a compact size with tons of decoration. It’s a party bag through and through – now all you need to is a dress to match.

Printed sneakers, Vans, ` 5,999 It’s the shoe that encapsulates this months inbetween-er mood. The graphic stripes and tropical print, are the perfect meeting of cruise and spring.

9 Metal cuff, Louis Vuitton, price on request Just when we thought Art Deco jewellery was passé, this cuff came our way – and we just can’t get enough. It’s the kind of sculptural accessory that will ensure all eyes are on you, or at least your hand.

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Denim patchwork jacket, GAP, ` 8,490 Our obsession with denim is unwavering. This time round it’s patchworked trucker jackets that have us enthralled. They’ve got the right blend of country girl nostalgia and urban street cred.

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L’ORÉAL PARIS MICELLAR WATER, ` 475 What were we doing all this while without micellar water – the superbly efficient make-up remover that wipes away everything except your essential oils. With no alcohol or astringent to disturb your skin, this one is also infused with rose extract and French vittel water to soothe and fortify your skin’s barrier.

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L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE ROSE ORIGINELLE GENTLE SHOWER GEL, ` 1,510 When legacy reinvents itself – this is what it smells like. Inspired by the rose-growing tradition of Provence, this new line is a mix of two rose variants – the rare heritage Rosa Gallica and the emblematic perfume favourite Rosa Grasse. The result is a powdery, dreamy scent, and a shower gel that settles like soft silk while nourishing your skin.

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LAKMÉ EYECONIC ROYAL BLUE CURLING MASCARA, ` 350 Combat Monday blues with a blue of your own – an intensely coloured blue mascara that curls as it colours. We’re all crushing on Lakmé’s latest baby – that blue works magic when paired with our black and brown peepers.

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DIOR POISON GIRL EDT, ` 7,400/100 ML Poison’s everchanging avatar is currently frozen on this intense elixir of citrus and vanilla. The first hit of oranges smoke out into neroli and rose and finally settle into a warm bouquet of tonka beans and vanilla. The olfactory ride is a fitting tribute to the perfume’s youthful vigour.

STUDIOWEST TEXTURE PLAY NAIL POLISH, ` 195 How do we keep our festive spirit alive through the year? Well, a little bit of tinsel goes a long way. A new range of 12 shades and textures - think iridescent glitter, bobbles of confetti and glossy shimmer is what we’re playing with. With names like Dragon Lady, Hash Tag and Cheap Thrills - we’re buying them all.


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LKING ABOUT A T N E E B ’S E EVERYON

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America Ferrera in Ugly Betty

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Decoding the new rules of sensuality in style

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Alessandro Michele can be deemed the pioneer of the movement when he altered the persona of Gucci from its former sex-drenched aura. Slinky shimmery dresses still sashayed down the runway but they were layered with sheer pussy bow blouses and gawky glasses, thus making geek-chic an unassuming glamazon. Fashion’s nerdy movement goes beyond sartorial boundaries; it flashes back to that awkward adolescent phase we all experienced, but strengthens the concept of being comfortable in your own skin. Plunging necklines paired with mumsy skirts, the bookish babe is every inch of sexy meets intellectual.

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exy is what I try to get them to see me as after I win them over with my personality,” states Miranda Hobbes in Sex and the City. The redhead lawyer, confined to her stuffy suits, might not epitomise orthodox sex appeal but then again she doesn’t attempt to. Sexuality in fashion has almost always been equated to flashes of skin, wine stained lips, bedroom eyes and clothing that adheres to the body. However, the new notion of sex appeal thrives in an oasis of diversity, an allure that defies tradition and is tailormade to fit your personality. We chart out the garb of the modern siren. Choose your tribe. »

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Photographs IMAXTREE, THECELEBRITYCITY.COM

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Cher Horowitz in Clueless

Pair your leather corset with a white shirt

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There’s a strange magnetism associated with mystery. Reverse layering, a 1990s inspired trend beckons you to bring out your skimpiest best and lets you incorporate it into your OOTD. The plain white Tee plays protagonist and you can go ahead and throw on lacy bits like camisoles, corsets and racy slip dresses. There are endless possibilities and apt opportunities to stack on all the risqué separates you were afraid to wear on a regular day.

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Evan Rachel Wood at the Golden Globe Awards

We all know of Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking tuxedo – an immortal suit that became the very paragon of sex appeal. The tuxedo negated conventional femininity and its popularity caused much tumult amongst fashion folks at the time. It now rests at the helm of power dressing for the woman who wants to buy her trousers and wear them too, who’s in absolute control of her sexuality. Shoulder pads, rigid jackets and slick hair – all the characteristics of the eternal woman on top. You’re likely to find her prowling down Madison Avenue flanked by tufts of smoke.

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This new haul of shoes were made for walking, but mostly fantasising

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A fiery shade is not for the weak. Think all black minimal separates combined with red heels to elevate your look.

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Velvet detailed, MR by Man Repeller at www.netaporter.com, ` 41,921

Suede, Call It Spring, ` 3,499

Zip detailed, Superdry, ` 7,999

JULIEN MACDONALD

If like RiRi, whips and chains excite you, don’t be afraid to experiment with these OTT pairs.


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The S/S 17 collection leases new life into classical notions of flora and fauna

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ear the stripes of a zebra or have a serpent writhe up your loafers – your love for the wild now translates into lustworthy covetables. Alessandro Michele’s fondness for nature takes on an elevated meaning with Gucci Garden, a souvenir collection that explores all the nooks and crannies of an enchanted forest. In order to enliven one’s individualistic desires the house has rendered a luxurious line-up of handbags, luggage and small leather goods, all bearing intricate motifs of wildlife in the whimsical Gucci aesthetic. Embroidered patches crafted in multicoloured thread give shape to iconic flowers, animal and script motifs. These are then laid out on signature bags such as the functional tote, backpacks and a cutesy camera bag. A varied combination of patches appear on the souvenir according to where they sell geographically – so Europe has birds and bees, while China gets the sacred heart and roses. Quirky and fantastical, these motifs are now synonymous with Gucci’s contemporary aesthetic.

M A D E TO O R D E R Gucci’s latest offering allows you to customise a selection of products including the epic ‘Dionysus’ bag. The miscellany of elements include trims, hardware and monogrammed initials with the ability to be personalised in a variety of sizes. Choose your spirit insects – dragonflies, lizards and butterflies and pair them with your favourite florals – peonies and roses are on the menu. The DIY service allows you to choose the smallest details such as the colour of the bamboo handle and an array of leathers. An arts and crafts class fit for adults, you can assemble a bag that best reflects your personality.

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Knit dress, Diesel, price on request

What’s new about Fashion’s obsession with the shoulder rages on, because if it isn’t off the shoulder, it isn’t on

Hand painted dress, Vedika Merh, ` 7,800

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‘Navy’ blouse, Marks & Spencer, ` 3,499

Fringed dress, Shivan & Narresh at www.perniaspopupshop.com, ` 24,500

Ruffle jumpsuit, Zara, ` 3,990

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Jumpsuit, Rare at www.topshop.com, ` 6,900 approx

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Fit & flare dress, Closet London at www.ajio.com, ` 2,999

Striped detailed, Emilio Pucci at www.outnet.com, ` 35,353

Denim mini, Solace London at www.net-a-porter.com, ` 28,588

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Can a one-night stand turn into something you didn’t sign up for?

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he Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders categorises sexual interests as normal and anomalous. A recent study discovered that four out of the eight types listed as anomalous behaviour were found to be normal and desired experiences among men and women. Armpits, ladies’ underwear and animal costumes are just some of the fetishes that describe unconventional sexual behaviour. But sometimes these unusual likings get in the way of relationships with friends and romantic partners. Is it acceptable to have a fetish or does it lead to social and sexual isolation? »

What do you think? Tweet to @GraziaIndia with your comment and add #GraziaDebate

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Most of us are not educated on sexuality. Sexual education itself is a big social taboo in our society. We have no knowledge of why one can or does have a fetish. We NIYATI SHAH, SEX only consider those EDUCATIONIST things normal which are accepted by a major part of the society, and since fetish is not understood, it is abnormal and not accepted. A sexual fetish is not a disorder, but it can become one if it causes intense, lasting distress. One may choose not to participate or be involved, but should not make it a stigma or a taboo. Causes for a fetish are not clearly known enough to understand the ‘normality’ or ‘abnormality’ of it. It does lead to social and sexual isolation because of the lack of education around it, but with proper education it could be taken care of.

Every human being has the fundamental freedom to expression, and a sexual fetish is a way of communicating a personal desire. NEHA PREMJEE, I do not believe AUTHOR it’s wrong to have them or engage in them, insofar as you are not imposing discomfort on your partner in the process. If you have a quirk and your partner is happy satisfying it, then who is the

Fetishes aren’t cultivated, created or imbibed from others. They are discovered from within, TANNISHTHA as part of one’s CHATTERJEE, internal make-up, ACTOR a slightly offcentre, alternative and sometimes extreme manifestation of one’s personal likes, dislikes and fantasies. One doesn’t therefore judge these, as long as indulging a fetish doesn’t cause harm to humanity, or is damaging to either the fetishist or his world. So yes, within these parameters, it is indeed okay to have a fetish

rest of the world to judge? I recently started learning about Tantra and the arts of sacred sex from international specialist Psalm Isadora. My biggest takeaway from Psalm is that we have such a limited perception of what sex can bring to our lives, she’s worked with men who prolonged their pleasure by etching it over an extended period of time. Each individual’s experience is unique, and it’s limiting to dictate what is right and what is wrong. But yes, I’ve grown to believe that sex is worship and the most important element is that both partners should be comfortable with whatever it is they are choosing to pursue.

We asked you… Sanchita Bhartiya @sanchitabhartiy People who are into physical relationships accept them where as those who are not remain closeted despite having one.

Mrs Khan @mrsimemyself It is such a personal issue so sharing it with the person you love is normal but letting the world know is of no use.

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was that experience? AD: On paper, the film was beautiful. The story was good and it was a choice that I would honestly make again. And yes, the movie did tank. But all of my reviews were great. I got more work after that because of my performance. G: What kind of roles attract you? AD: A lot of the roles I get are ‘pretty girl’ characters that I don’t want to play. I was a tomboy. I used to wear my brother’s clothes, play sports, and I still do that. My friends in boarding school liked to doll me up because I wasn’t a girly girl. I’m doing some south Indian cinema where I’m offered interesting roles like my character in Anegan who remembered events from her past life. I’ll come back to Bollywood when something inspiring comes along.

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he one thing I always knew I wanted to do was act,” says 23-year-old Amyra Dastur. That’s the drive and passion that took a ‘complete tomboy’ from boarding school halls to the big glamorous world of showbiz. After making her debut in Issaq, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, she took the southern route and shone in Tamil film Anegan opposite Dhanush. She’s now coming to a screen near you through Kung Fu Yoga alongside Jackie Chan.

GRAZIA: How did you stumble into cinema? AMYRA DASTUR: My dad’s a doctor, my mother’s a landscaper, and my brother’s a chef. But I always wanted to act. So when I turned sixteen, I made a deal with my mom that as long as I kept my grades up, I G: You’ve done some comedy too. could get my portfolio shot and take Are you a funny girl? AD: I come from a Parsi family, so it from there. And so I did. yes. If you ever meet my family, you’ll G: So, your parents were know what I mean. Comedy comes to supportive of your decision. us naturally. AD: I come from a very liberal family. Growing up, my brother and G: What’s next? I were treated equally. My parents AD: I’m looking forward to Kung instilled in us that we could do Fu Yoga ending because I don’t like anything as long as we were good at doing promotions. After that, I’m it. They had their reservations, but doing another south Indian film with they were very supportive. Santhanam where I’m playing an investigative journalist. I want to take G: Your first film Issaq up different roles every time, otherwise didn’t really do well. How I get bored.

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fashioned out of organic nts me gar h wit ics bas to k bac ng goi We are cotton and baubles made from scrap Cuff earrings, ` 1,500

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lack of formal education in fashion did not curb Tania Fadte’s flair for design. What started as stitching one’s own clothes in school graduated to a four-year stint with a fashion magazine that earned her practical know-how of the fashion industry. A move to Goa and a baby later, Fadte started her label Mogachea. EASY-CHIC VOTE FOR: Easy-to-wear clothes that appeal to the free-spirited woman and child in you. Made with organic cotton, the billowy pieces are naturally hand-dyed and block or screen-printed, with each motif telling a story of where it originated. QUOTE UNQUOTE: “A project in loop for this year is inspired by women in Goa and the way they dress. The environment and space around me is what inspires me.” STOCKISTS: Sacha’s Shop, Goa; Teatro Dhora, Jaipur

‘One quarter’ ring, ` 1,850 ‘Door hook’ necklace, ` 2,900

‘Watch mechanism’ ring, ` 1,700 Coin earrings, ` 1,800

‘Nib’ earrings, ` 2,000

‘Quarter aana’ choker, ` 4,500 ‘Hinged’ earrings, ` 1,500

Striped trousers, ` 6,500

Malkha duster, ` 12,450 Wrap trousers, ` 6,500

Polka dot dress, ` 8,435

Khadi dress, ` 8,435

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with a scrap sewing machine piqued the interest of Makwana, who was then an architecture student. She played with the idea of using discarded hardware to create jewellery. After working as a freelance architect, Makwana jumped into designing jewellery with a more dedicated approach, and Krithaa was born in 2016. EASY-CHIC VOTE FOR: Recycling pieces of scrap from basic hardware to create sustainable and wearable jewellery. The pieces carry a sense of timelessness and nostalgia owing to the elements like coins that flaunt an antique and raw finish. QUOTE UNQUOTE: “My designs showcase a journey of chancing upon a range of well-defined mechanisms to undefined discarded pieces across urban environments.” STOCKISTS: Shop Nimai, New Delhi; OMO Store, Mumbai; Maalgaadi, Chennai; The Project Café, Ahmedabad; Timri, Bengaluru; www.jaypore.com

Malkha waistcoat, ` 8,435 FEBRUARY 2017

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DESIGNER: Kritha V Makwana LABEL: Krithaa CURRICULUM VITAE: A chance encounter

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S/S 2017: It’s all about new textures, techniques, silhouettes and clashing styles.

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INDIGENE BY JAYA BHATT AND RUCHI TRIPATHI

USP: Earthy textures and patterns in C H O L A BY S O H AYA neutral colours.

S/S 2017: Inspired by Japanese Boro textiles, they focus on recycling textiles.

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S/S 2017: Inspired by Moroccan tiles, it explores prints on deconstructed silhouettes.

NAUSHAD ALI S/S 2017: Revolves around the efficient usage of a sari that serves as base canvas and inspiration.

K H A N I J O BY G A U R AV K H A N I J O JAYANTI REDDY USP: Strong emphasis on naturally dyed, handwoven textiles.

USP: Fine handloom creates modern menswear.

MADSAMTINZIN BY SAUMYA SHARMA, TINA BHARDWAJ, MADHURITU DUTTA, STANZIN DAZES

Compiled by NAMRATA KEDAR

USP: Old embroidery techniques from across India to create surface ornamentation.

LIPSA HEMBREM S/S 2017: A sustainable collection made with organic cotton from Kotpad in Koraput, Odisha.

SAILESH SINGHANIA S/S 2017: Ethereal khadi saris woven with real gold zari .

R A R A AV I S BY S O N A L VERMA ANUJ BHUTANI USP: To deliver ‘comfort luxury’ in contemporary clothing that targets a conscious market.

USP: Handcrafted leather made into heirlooms.

Q U O BY I S H I TA M A N G A L S/S 2017: Sporty streetwear elements combined with luxurious bling.

U R VA S H I J O N E J A S/S 2017: Inspired by Tara Donovan’s installations, it plays with elasticity through block printing and textures.

E K A M BY A R M A A N R A N D H AWA USP: Fusing art and form to showcase traditional Indian techniques on Western silhouettes.

A M B E R PA R I D H I USP: Jewellery that features precious stones and semiprecious stones in gold.


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hose precious little things that adorn your earlobes and wrists aren’t mere pieces of jewellery but gorgeous by-products of an ethical manufacturing system. Gemfields employs a renewed approach to its mining process in Mozambique – a treasure trove of the world’s finest rubies. Besides promising quality at its pinnacle, it champions a transparent business model that supports local communities, pays taxes and royalties and takes a step towards a more responsible industry. The leading supplier has collaborated with premier showroom MUSE to create a collection from famous Mozambican rubies. Each collection is crafted by emerging jewellery designers in order to appeal to the style forward fashionista with a global outlook. We’ve scoured through for our favourite pieces from Gemfields X MUSE and appointed a shiny cluster of trinkets tailormade to your taste. » 24 48

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ROMANTIC DELICATES An imaginative concoction of enamel and gold, designer Holly Dyment drew inspiration from her mother’s old Victorian jewellery. She lent the traditional motif a new-age spin that translated into adorable heart shapes sprinkled with rubies, apt for everyday wear. The collection replicates Alice in Wonderland’s dreamy aura through miniature paintings that embellish your fingers.

Founded by Chesly Davy, AYA was created from a love for Africa. The designer who was raised in Zimbabwe has travelled through the expanse of the country and submerged herself in various local cultures. Her collection pays an ode to the beauty of the land and its people; she reinterprets traditional aspects through a contemporary line of jewellery. The aesthetic acutely resonates Africa while beautifully incorporating the precious gemstone.

AFTER-HOURS DISCO Yossi Harari chose to enliven the warm tonality of rubies through his modern collection. The Turkish designer explores the diverse shades of reds and pinks to amalgamate jewellery that is a testament of current times and breathes richness. Delving into bold geometrical shapes, the head-turning adornment seems to be the perfect accompaniment to a floor-skimming evening gown.


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SPORTS ILLUSTRATED This latest collaboration elevates athleisure from guilty pleasure to inescapable must-have

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p until a few years ago, leggings and sports bras were strictly restricted to sweaty gym workouts or for some serious weekend lounging. Circa now, athleisure is a MerriamWebster certified term and a designer-approved trend. Giving it a nod is Masaba Gupta with a dash of her signature spunk, a cacophony of colours and prints in her latest collaboration with online biggie www.koovs.com. “Koovs was always a preferred partner. They’ve had an artistic eye for edgy and commercial pieces. Having always been one of my favourite online portals with a great range and even better prices, the collaboration was something I was thrilled about,” says Gupta. Complementing the candy hues are prints bearing candy and

bubblegum motifs interspersed with that of dumbbells and KOOVS X swimmers diving. You see the irony in this, yes? MASABA GIRL From comfy “She is a firecracker, sweatpants and leggings, loves colour, her style bodysuits, sports bras and is very lucid, classic and tank tops to mix-andmatch from, Gupta marries comfortable.” functionality with aesthetics, taking sportswear into daily activities and beyond. “The idea was to create a line that has a piece for everyone and every occasion. It was to ensure that the collection reflected signature Masaba prints while giving the health conscious youth a perfect blur of everyday and fashionable leisurewear wardrobe.” Available on the website starting this month, our yoga stretches are about to take a stylish turn.

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STYLE THE LOOK 1 SMOOTHIE RUN

“Slip into the fitted dress with a pair of white sneakers and sunglasses.”

“The idea was to take elements of surrealism to provoke a battle between temptation of junk food and fitness channelled via prints. Masaba x Koovs offers a versatile range of sportswear dominated by quirky prints.”

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“Throw on a printed tank with ripped joggers and a bomber jacket. Pair with slip-ons.”

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“Sweat it out in a printed jacket worn over monochrome leggings and the chocolate bar sports bra.”

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The Bollywood megastar, fashion icon, certified sexy goofball – Jacqueline Fernandez couldn’t

reAL be more amazing. Except when we find out she’s as real as they come

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and I realised that I might just be able to fulfil my dream after all. And I got very lucky because Sujoy [Ghosh] spotted me early on and asked me to play Jasmine in Aladin.” We have to point out that the serendipity-like occurrence of events in her life doesn’t escape Fernandez who has been in the industry for eight years, has dipped her toes in blockbuster franchises like Race and Housefull and smaller, indie projects like Bangistaan and Sri Lankan film According To Matthew, which is out this March. When we ask her to remember what it was like in the beginning she breaks into a giggle. “When I started, I didn’t know anything about acting. On set, there are times when the camera is taking a wide shot and you’re not even a part of that shot. But I didn’t know that, and I’d stand there and give it my all. There was » february februArY 2017

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cover story this scene, where we had to pretend to lie on the floor injured because the villain had beaten us all up. And I’m lying injured on the floor with my eyes closed and they’re calling action, but no one’s calling cut for the longest time. And I’m just lying there wondering when they’re going to call ‘cut’. So I open my eyes to see what’s going on and I realise that they’re all just standing there laughing at me because I’m the only one who’s still lying on the floor.” That’s the thing about Fernandez that strikes us first, on set or off, she’s a total girl scout. Like the time when we were shooting her in New York for this cover. “She was a real trooper,” says Ekta Rajani, who styled her. “It was like three, maybe four, degrees, and she was wearing summer clothing, but she never complained. She kept cracking jokes about how she was freezing, and she just took it in her stride. There aren’t many people who can do that.” And so we ask her about how she manages to stay unfazed in an industry that seems like it’s designed to pull you down. “Well, you have to respect what you do, and never take it for granted. So I don’t like throwing attitude around because then I’m disrespecting my work. And I feed off other people’s energies a lot.” And yes, we know what you’re thinking. That sounds like a romanticised, almost-rehearsed version of what any celebrity would say to the media. But when we think back and observe Fernandez’s

surroundings of Bahrain to the hustle-bustle of showbiz. Growing up in a family with four siblings and with parents working two jobs each, Fernandez didn’t eat with a golden spoon. And like all regular people, she did chores too, picked up summer jobs for extra cash, and went jogging with friends in Joggers Park – unnoticed and free – something she remembers all too well. “I just can’t do the same things I used to with my friends. I can’t watch movies with them, or go to restaurants without being bothered. And surprisingly, I’ve made my peace with that, but my friends get really annoyed. But I find solace in the fact that this doesn’t happen everywhere in the world. I can take a trip somewhere if I really want to escape the madness, and that makes this all okay.” But as we’re doing this interview, we realise that there hasn’t been a second away from the madness. She’s spent the last week shooting for Reload with Siddharth Malhotra, practicing for 12 hours with Sushant Singh Rajput for their Filmfare Awards performance, attending the award show, celebrating Siddharth’s birthday, doing narrations with Sushant, flying to Bengaluru for a brand launch, and then finally giving this interview at 11 am. We’re snapped out of our scrutiny of Fernandez’s calendar with her telling us how she hates it when her celebrity status causes disruptions in the

I know that I have the fReeDom to close off my pRIvate lIfe if I want to. and sometImes I Do, other times I don’t. pattern, rehearsed just doesn’t seem like her thing. If you follow her on Instagram then you’d know she posts every candid picture in the book, and she’s also painstakingly active (we say painstaking because after a point it is) on SnapChat. Speaking of which, we take this opportunity to ask her about her affinity with social media. In light of the shocking incident where Kim Kardashian was robbed in her Paris apartment at gunpoint and subsequently went off social media, we asked Fernandez if there was anything that would push her to go off it completely. “I have gone off social media for three weeks, even three months at one time, and people didn’t even notice. But with social media you just have to be yourself, you can’t fake it. I’m very aware that I put up posts that might give away my location at that particular time, but I only do that when I know I’m in a safe place where I’m surrounded by my team. If I’m alone or if I’m in a place where I know my post could cause a crowd, I wouldn’t post about it or I might put up something only after I’ve left that location. But I know that I have the freedom to close off my private life if I want to. And sometimes I do, other times I don’t.” At this point we can’t help but wonder how much life must have changed for the Bollywood ‘outsider’, as they’re so ignorantly referred to, from the slightly traditional

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lives of her friends and family. “When my mom was visiting me in Mumbai, I put her so much on my SnapChat that people actually recognised her when she was out shopping. They were taking pictures of her and coming up to her, and she’s not from this world at all, so she was just really taken aback. And yes, I feel bad about that. But you have to just deal with and find a way around it. The sooner you realise that, the better.” Going back to the start, we learn that Fernandez hosted two television shows in Bahrain at 14, a kids show and another on beauty and fitness. It dawns on us that her tryst with acting started way earlier than most pureblood actresses today. Her place in this industry is rightfully deserved. “Television is completely different from acting. I could host those shows and sit and be a judge on Jhalak [Dikhla Ja] with ease, because you don’t have to be anything but yourself. But when you’re acting, you have to morph into a completely different person, and sell it. And that’s an art. Which is why I feel privileged that I’m part of this industry and I can call myself an actress, and a working actress at that, because you can be talented and hardworking, have a personality and a presence, and still not make it. So I’m thankful that I did.”


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Pleasure BE YOND PA RTS

Looking for love and acceptance? It turns out these trans-individuals are doing exactly the same P h o t o g r a p h s K E E G A N C R A STO , S H I VA M M PA ATH A K S t y l i n g DA N I E L F R A N K LI N , AVA N I J U N E J A Wo r d s B R I A N H O RTO N

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itting with five fabulous trans-individuals to talk about sex and dating revealed less about their own sexual and romantic experiences than it did about the broader world that wants to put trans-people into a neat and tidy box. From invasive questions about how people who have changed their gender (or dis-identified with it altogether) have sex, to their reproductive capabilities, we realised that people are often more concerned with people’s parts than the sum. Worse still, difficulties in finding employment and the fetishism of their bodies mean that many trans-people find themselves in the sex industry. The stories presented here are not about people’s biology, or their transition. Nor do they answer curiosities about ‘how trans-people do it’. Instead, they’re about how people navigate the mess of love, sex, and dating in a time and space where desire comes with far too many stipulations, and too little freedom. ››

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ANJALI LAMA Model The latest ‘IT’ girl to take the modelling world by storm, this Nepalese beauty is the textbook definition of #girlboss. At the Grazia shoot, she walks into the studio like she owns the place and the rent is overdue. Lama – her impossibly high cheekbones and mile-long legs in tow – is blazing the trail by becoming the first transgender model to walk at the Lakmé Fashion Week this month. But in between striking flawless poses, she also dares to dream of a romantic future. “Trans-people have desires like anyone else,” she says. She wants to fall in love, get married, and have a family. However, since coming out as a trans-woman, she has yet to see real romantic stability, and long-lasting relationships for her and others like her. “People who were excited to talk to you earlier are not so once they know you are trans.” But she refuses to let ignorance stop her. “I’m in Mumbai to focus on my career. I’ve worked hard to get where I am.” Love is something to look forward to, but only with someone that matches her courage. “My mother, my biggest inspiration, taught me to never give up.”

Hair RUPALI DHUMAL, Make-up NISHA SINGH and NIKITA THADANI for FAT MU, Grooming TRUEFITT & HILL (NEW DELHI)

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SHIVALI KU MAR Dancer and choreographer “Louder. LOUDER!” Kumar raises her hands to direct the photographer to pump up the volume while shooting. It’s Rihanna, one of her favourites. A dancer who has performed and trained in nine different styles of dance, there is a vivaciousness about her, amplified when she talks about love and sex. “I have loved lots of times, but it’s hard to find [love],” she tells us. “I don’t want psycho love. Like one of those men who’s watched too many movies and is ready to cut his own neck or wrists for me. No, thank you.” Kumar is equally clear about what she wants from

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A RYA N PA S H A Lawyer and researcher Say Aryan Pasha’s name and somewhere in India a girl (or boy) probably just fainted. Though he’s only recently come out to the world as a trans-man, he is no stranger to attention. He gets regular proposals from women, men, and other transpersons. “I’ve even had men tell me that they would get sexual reassignment surgery (SRS) and become women just to marry me,” he says. But underneath those muscles is a man looking for simplicity over sex. “Sex is not such a big thing for me.” A self-described sapiosexual (someone turned on by brains,

her romantic partners. “I often ask men if they’re ready to date me without physical relations. I ask him if he can see himself marrying me. That’s my test.” She wants to know that men want her and not just her body. “After talking to these men on the phone, [all they’re] really after is sex.” Instead, she seeks the company of a man who can embrace her on her own terms and as a person, not a sexual object. “I want to see love from inside the other person’s soul before enjoyment, sex, and so on. I want marriage someday. Even kids.”

rather than bodies), Pasha has always sought a connection beyond sex. “Loyalty is most important.” Loyalty isn’t just about sexual and emotional fidelity. “If you’re dating a girl, and she’s not really an ally, then she’ll start comparing you with a cis-male (a cis is one who was assigned a gender and sex at birth that they feel comfortable with).” He goes on to stress that just like one can never compare partners and exes, one should not compare trans and cis persons. “A girl told me that this [transitioning] is the best thing I’ve ever done.” ››

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N AV YA S I N G H Kathak dancer and model Navya Singh wants love and sex without walls. “You’ll make love to me within four walls, but can’t accept me out in the open? I don’t want such men.” She looked us dead in the eye, her tone serious. “If any man tells me to make changes to my body, I’ll remove my chappal, give him one tight slap, and tell him to get out and become a woman himself. Such people are not worthy of the company of either men or women,” she says, flipping back her long locks and laughing. A coquettishness hides her fiery charm and razor-sharp wit. It’s what makes Singh a woman of her generation: Completely comfortable with multiplicity, being different, even incongruous

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N AY R A D S O U Z A HR executive Life is a catwalk for Dsouza, and we’re all here to witness her slay. Clocking in at 5’10” she has long, long legs, and a wit that will singe your eyebrows off if you’re not careful. “The last guy I dated said that I might be a witch,” she says. Everyone in the make-up room stops to stare at her in disbelief before erupting in laughter. As a proud, confident trans-woman, and pioneer in the corporate world, there is definitely something magical about her. But dating hasn’t been easy. Men often ask, “Is this [being a transwoman] really real? Are you joking? I’m thinking about making a PowerPoint presentation for men on the first date that

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just explains everything about being trans. You know, press play and figure it out.” She confronts what women, cis and trans alike, encounter on a daily basis: sexism. “They [men] ask whether you can make babies. And I’m like yeah, I’ve got the machine on this side right here.” She points to her stomach and rolls her eyes. And the questions only get worse: Do you cook? What do you eat? Are you veg/non-veg? Do you like babies? Would you like to make babies? “Men should understand that they are dating a trans-woman and respect her like you would any other woman. Know that she caries a past, but she lives her future.”

avatars, all at once. “Today’s generation believes in sex and not the filmi images of love at first sight and flowers that kiss.” Sex is the ultimate expression of love and intimacy. But while it’s important, it isn’t everything. “I have never understood why every time a man encounters a trans-woman, the first thing on his mind is sex. How is your sex life? Are you active, passive, both? What are you?” She is clear that she is a person, not an object, or the receptacle for a man’s misplaced desires and patriarchal thinking. She has no patience for men who cannot embrace her trans-ness. “If you want a woman, go for a woman. If you’re going for trans, what does trans mean? It means change.”


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IT ’S GET TING HOT IN HERE There jus t aren’ t enough hot bods around and so, ladies , i t’s impor t ant to share. Join us in checking out these f ine specimens optimised for your viewing pleasure

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Imagine this. You’re in a dingy room with the world’s most desirable man, and you can legitimately ask him to take his Tee off. All in the name of this story. Ha, lucky us. Khandelwal, the reigning Mr World and the first ever Asian to bring home the booty, held jobs as ground staff with an airline company (he knows what a good take-off looks like), technical support assistant (coincidentally, we’re as interested in hardware), and customer care executive (how can I help you?). But luckily, we will soon get to watch him on the big screen via a major movie he’s signed up for. He’s keeping it under wraps, but we don’t mind a man who can keep secrets.

Velvet jacket, Diesel; chequered trousers, Tommy Hilfiger That’s what he sa id : “ I want to be a billionair e and I ’m not a sha med to admi t i t ope nly. I ’m jus t t r y ing to connec t my pa ssion to t hat plan .” Neve r would I eve r : “G et i t on on a f ir s t date .” I f you had to ask us out : “ I ’ d tell you I ’m inte r es ted in you upfr ont .”

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Object of our desire: MAYANK DAGAR , c r ic ke t e r

It was the first month of the year and we had promised ourselves to not have impure thoughts. And then we met this spinner flexing his inked muscles and bowling us over with his insouciant charm-meets-coyness. We just knew his ‘performance’ was above par, and the stats from the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016 stand testimony. We should play cricket sometime, Mr Dagar. We’ll either score big or get banned for ball tampering, but it’s a win-win either way. »

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Object of our desire: ARMA AN R ALHAN , a c t o r

Dear Mr Ralhan, were you to take us to be your blushing bride, we would’ve never stood you up at the altar the way your banker alter ego was dumped by Vaani Kapoor in Befikre. We would make sure our personal movie would be set in Paris as well, with (your) Eiffel Tower and (our) Gardens of Versailles making appearances. We’re happy you discarded your business management degree in favour of acting – steaming up in the name of craft seems more plausible. We understand you have a three-film deal with Yash Raj Films but are taking your time with scripts right now – we can suggest several ways to fill your time in the meanwhile.

That’s what he sa id : “ St ar dom is an accide nt . T he only thing I can do is impr ove myself.” Would you eve r do a sex sce ne: “ I ’m pr et t y shameless and a full fr ont al is no big deal .” O ne t hing India ns need to know a bout sex: “ No means no.” Tell us a sex sec ret : “ If i t get s bet te r for he r, i t get s bet te r for you .”

Vest, Zara, jeans, Mayank’s own That’s what he sa id : “ T he r e is no Sunday or M onday in my life – I tr ain eve r y single day. I a m w hat I a m only because of the game .” Neve r would I eve r : “ S ign up on T inde r.” Is t he re a ny t hing common bet wee n c ric ket a nd a relat ionship? “ Har d wor k .”

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A boy who knows how to work the camera would surely take the time to find our best angles, no? We’ve been seeing more of this new-age model over the past couple of years – from a delicious shoot with Royal Enfield (we love a boy who can ride) to campaigns for the likes of Antar Agni. We’re wondering if the rest of him is as chiselled as those cheekbones.

That’s what he sa id : “A s a model , how you car r y your self is a s impor t ant a s how gr ounded you ar e – you shouldn’ t think t he lat te r is invisible in fr ont of t he ca me r a .” Favourite way to sweat : “ Wor k ing ou t in t he ou tdoor s .” Neve r would I eve r : “ Have a t hr eesome .” Tell us a sex sec ret : “G ive a shot at doing i t in a r e mote village in the mount ains wi t h no one ar ound .”

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O bje c t of our de sire: ABHI SHE K PA ATNI , c re at ive dire c t o r

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This alpha can sure rock a bad boy vibe, but one chat with him and you realise how he’s the boy mama would approve of. Talk about having your éclair and eating it too. The man with a mane hails from the capital city, where apart from a full-time job of staying ridiculously goodlooking, he doubles up as the creative director of his threeyear-old label Nought One, and its prêt counterpart Zero.Zero. His ascent in the scene has been rapid (we never complain about the fast ones), thanks to a defined aesthetic that is “movement oriented, definitely utilitarian, and outdoorsy”. He’s left behind his modelling days but mercifully, is as much of a pin-up.

That’s what he sa id : “ I want my br and to be so s tr ong that you t alk of i t a s an aes thetic .” Favourite way to sweat : “ Play ing Counter-St r ike wi th fr ie nds ove r the wee ke nd wi th lot s of alcohol and abusing.” I f you had to ask us out : “ I ’ ll w r i te an e mail; I ’m too shy to do i t any othe r way.”


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Printed jumpsuit, Hemant & Nandita; multi-strap heels, No Doubt at www.koovs.com

Who: Tanya Ghavri What: Celebrity stylist Wear: Furla ‘Stacy’ mini “As a stylist, I’m always on-thego and find minimal styles to be effective and comfortable. This dress is the ideal summer outfit and the bag is the perfect accessory to supplement it. It’s small, easy to style and white is the colour of the season, so it’s on-trend too.” Minimal Style Hack: Nude shoes Minimal Style Icon: Kate Middleton

M O R E O R L ES S We h a t e h a v i n g t o s i d e w i t h o n e , b u t w h i c h w o u l d y o u c a m p w i t h – understated or OT T?

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hile we admire Susie Bubble’s effervescent style and Anna Dello Russo’s eccentricity, we also relate to Kendall’s penchant for basics and Diane Kruger’s understated elegance. You don’t have to choose one or the other this season because the two trends from opposite ends of the style spectrum are trending: minimalism and maximalism. Giving you the perfect accessories to complement either style is Furla’s S/S 2017 collection that provides iterations of both trends, letting you decide what suits you best. With minimal and maximal pieces sitting side-by-side on racks, you have the freedom to pair your go-to mom jeans and white Tee #ootd with a tan backpack or opt for printed bags for a burst of graphics and colours. To further drive home the point, we got onboard four style influencers to pick sides and deliver street-style worthy ensembles accessorised with lust-worthy Furla bags. »

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Who: Riya Jain What: Blogger @ caughtinacuff Wear: Furla ‘Dafne’ backpack “I believe in less is more and this Furla backpack translates that vibe really well. It is casual, makes a statement and enhances the dress I am wearing superbly.” Minimal Style Hack: Dainty jewellery Minimal Style Icon: Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid

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LESS IS MORE

Embroidered shirt dress, Hemant & Nandita; sneakers, www.koovs.com


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Hair OPHIELLE RAGOT at DESSANGE; Make-up OKSANA ACHURINA and ASHITA GONSALVES at DESSANGE

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Who: Masoom Minawala What: Blogger @missstylefiesta Wear: Furla ‘Metropolis’ shoulder bag “I am always one for experimenting with textures, shapes and colours. My current obsession is stripes and the Furla bag flaunts monochrome stripes and texture, complementing my jacket. Besides, shoulder bags have always been a favourite.” Maximal Style Hack: Layering Maximal Style Icon: Anna Dello Russo

Who: Sanjana Batra What: Celebrity stylist Wear: Furla ‘Metropolis’ “I generally like mixing a couple of interesting pieces as opposed to wearing one dynamic piece, which is why I chose the printed bag worn over this voluminous blouse. I am also a complete sling bag person because one can wear them to lunch or an evening out as well.” Maximal Style Hack: Layering Maximal Style Icon: Sarah Jessica Parker

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BLAME IT ON RIO T h e c i t y ’s v i v a c i o u s c u l t u r e a n d l a n d s c a p e s e r v e d a s i n s p i r a t i o n a n d b a c kd r o p fo r t h i s F r e n c h m a i s o n’s C r u i s e S / S 2 0 17 f a s h i o n e d i t o r i a l Words NAMRATA KEDAR

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n keeping with the Louis Vuitton Cruise S/S 2017 show held at Rio de Janiero last May, an exclusive fashion story shot by Henrik Purienne and styled by Audrey Taillee captures an athletic-themed collection getting down and dirty on the beaches of Rio. From a colour-blocked scuba suit deconstructed to form a dress with ruffles and cut-out details to a sequinned blouse catching the summer sun, the editorial highlights a few key pieces from a collection that can be best described as bright and sporty. Showcased at the Oscar Niemeyerdesigned Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum in Rio, we saw oversized parkas that unfolded like kites walk down the runway, track pants and basketball shorts with the house monogram striped down the sides, along

with a parade of ruffled dress interspersed with sequinned skirts and scarves that also doubled as accessories. A heavy sports influence was evident as the location and timing would imply, given the buzz the city was creating with the impending Olympics it was set to host – football motifs were splayed across dresses and NASCAR’s chequered flag print made an appearance more than once. Also conspicuous through the black capes and sleek jackets embellished with metal hardware was Ghesquière and the maison’s Parisian sensibilities. In attendance at Ghesquière’s third destination cruise show were brand ambassadors Alicia Vikander and Jaden Smith amid others like Zendaya and Catherine Deneuve. A Louis Vuitton show is incomplete without a flurry of coveted bags, of which there was plenty. The ‘Twist’ was reinterpreted in tropical colours while the ‘Pliage’ boasted a fringe. Artist Aldemir Martins’ painting A Fera inspired by footballer Pelé was reinterpreted on the bags thematically. The highlight though was the ‘Boombox’ that made for much hoopla, with Ghesquière connecting it with Bluetooth technology to play music.

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Ghesquière lent the collection a hint of Parisian aesthetic with moody blacks and sleek silhouettes

Models paraded down the runway flaunting bright hues, often colour-blocked on deconstructed dresses


‘I thought it was beautif ul, It There was a lot things tha was really really beautiful. t I plan on wearing” – Zendaya

“I thought this collection, was spectacular. The bohemian elements I saw in some of the dresses were quite new” – Alicia Vikander

“I love the new idea to mix-and-match. It’s very sporty” – Liu Wen

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e they are just it, and I feel lik ld” “I real ly loved bounds in the fashion wor d taking leaps an – Jaden Smith

A little bit of Paris in Rio channelled via flared trousers and tailored jackets

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“One item that really caught my attention was the boombox bag. I thought it was the coolest thing” – Alessandra Ambrosio

Taking inspiration from Brazil, Ghesquière used football motifs across clothes and accessories

“I have never seen a breathtaking view like this in my life. The colour of the clothes were matching perfectly” – Tao Okamoto

ere sequins that w s and owed a lot of irt sh sk re ed iè ur qu lo es Gh ti-co ss blouses, mul el lery scattered acro w je as d at double on scar ves th

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H OW TO W R ITE Because there is nothing worse than a bad sex scene in a book – that is, apar t from a bad sex scene in real life Photograph ASHISH SHAH

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opefully, you’ve been there as often as we have. You’re on a harmless train amidst smelly armpits, catching up on your reading, when suddenly things get a little steamy in the pages. And then you get a little hot yourself. You let out a giggle you hope no one heard over the clatter of the wheels, look sideways at your neighbour hoping she is not peeking into your book and thinking what a little perv you are. We love reading good sex precisely for this – for how it makes us blush in life’s dullest moments. We’ve always

wondered how the writers managed to turn us on only by stringing 26 letters in surprising ways. How do they manage to blow our minds? We asked around to find out.

CONSIDER THE SETTING

The good thing about the erotica emerging from our country is how often it’s set in situations we relate to. “Let’s face it. The chances of me finding myself in Montreal having sex with a 6-feettall dude by the fireplace is slim,” says Sanjana Chowhan, a freelance journalist


whose erotica shorts usually revolve around the office as a setting, but the kind of office most of us would be able to relate to here. Her book titles give you a peek into what’s to be expected – First Job First Time, What Happens at the Offsite, The Secretary. The office stairwell might seem bland in comparison to Hyde Park, but if your readers can put themselves in the protagonists’ place – which really should be your aim – you’ve got a winner. BUILD A SCENE

Don’t let the journey to sex be so longwinded that your reader loses patience. But do remember that they are not as interested in what-goes-where as they are with the inner lives of characters, lives they don’t have access to in reality. “Tell them where that sexual energy comes from, play up the sexual tension, sketch the background so they know why the characters behave the way they do, let the body language do the talking, and focus on detail without overcomplicating the sex,” advises Chowhan. STOP BEING EMBARR ASSED

You can’t write good sex thinking what grandma would say. Some authors, like Aman K, take up a pseudonym to combat the idea of not wanting to be judged by those around. The stayat-home father would rather not have anyone in his real life – wife included – know that his writing usually centres around bored housewives. “It is kind of embarrassing,” he tells us over phone. For Aman, it started off as a to-do on his bucket list which got ticked off when he self-published an erotica read over Amazon. It met with unexpected success, and he wrote a few more before Juggernaut Books came calling with a publishing deal. He’s sold over six lakh copies of his six books over the past couple of years, a statistic any author would be proud of. “These stories definitely stem from my experiences and anecdotes that could not be told to anybody. I don’t know if it is catharsis

or reminiscence, but I’d rather not have people thinking that this is who I really am.” Sometimes, your pen name might even help exoticise what the reader might think of you. Case in point: Scarlett Grey – a Mumbai-based author who wanted her short stories “to break away from the Savita bhabhi sorts in favour of ones more relatable” – who took on her pseudonym to keep her day job going on in tandem. CRINGE ALERT THE BAD SEX IN FICTION AWA R D I S O N E TRO PH Y YO U N E V E R WA N T TO TA K E TO BED E a c h y e a r, w e l o o k f o r w a r d t o The L iterar y Review’s annual lambasting of the writers who’ve made us cringe through their purple prose. I n 2 016 , t h e h o n o u r w e n t to Italian author and poet Erri De Luca for a passage in his novel The Day Before Happiness that prevailed over fierce competition. He writes: “My prick was a plank stuck to her stomach. With a swerve of her hips, she turned me over and I was on t o p o f h e r. S h e o p e n e d h e r legs, pulled up her dress and, h o l d i n g m y h i p s o v e r h e r, pushed my prick against her opening. I was her plaything, which she moved around. Our s e xe s we r e r e a d y, p o i s e d i n expectation, barely touching each other: ballet dancers h ov e r i n g e n p o i n t e.”

L O O K F O R W H AT ’ S TA B O O

With erotica, more than any other genre, it’s the forbidden fruit that often sells. “It’s not just what he or she might do, but how they got to that point and why they did it, that keeps the reader engaged,” says Aman. “For me, men are bragging about their sexual history all the time and so, a wife’s perspective is way more fascinating. I even explore the male fantasy of seeing your wife with

somebody else. The taboo factor ups the stakes considerably.” FILL IN THE BLANKS

The power of suggestion can be powerful. “I love it when a writer hints, implies, teases, tempts and basically has a written version of real-life foreplay,” says Saniya Johri who runs a by-inviteonly private book club in Bengaluru called The Shameless Club. “I want to use my imagination, and the best stuff we’ve read at the club is the kind that uses captivating prose without stepping into explicit territory.” And what’s the worst kind of writing, we ask? “Definitely the one that uses porn clichés. I’ve never said ‘big boy’ in real life, ever.” C A L L A S PA D E A S PA D E

But don’t call a penis, a penis. There is no surer a way to kill erotic buzz than using terms best relegated to a biology lesson, or ones that sound like a venereal disease. But this is a tricky one. You just don’t want to use terrible euphemisms (refer to the box below) unless you’re just amusing yourself, but you do need to build the scene. “My solution is to tell you something you haven’t heard before, things that seem normal, but here. take on new meaning,” says author Brinda Lakshmi who has a three-book deal with a major publishing house. I T S H O U L D T U R N YO U O N

“The ultimate litmus test might be checking to see if what you write turns you on,” says Grey. “You need to see it happening in your head, but very realistically. If you can’t see yourself in that situation, don’t write it.” We go one step beyond and ask if writing good sex helps getting/giving good sex as well. “Oh, it’s definitely made my sex life better,” she says. “I’ve discovered what my own fantasies are, and while they were difficult to articulate before, I’ve realised it’s much clearer now to know what I want.” BRB, guys. We’re out writing.

YO U M I G H T WA N T T O B A N T H E S E E X P R E S S I O N S :

TUNNEL OF LOVE M AG I C WA N D

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Cut- out me t allic bod ysuit , w w w.koovs .c om, ` 6 8 0 ; l ace - up s at in cor se t be lt , Pa pa Don’t Pre ac h , ` 8 , 50 0 ; leather studded bracelet, ceramic earcuff, both Fendi, both prices on request; studded boots, Christian Louboutin x Sabyasachi, price on request

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Ve l ve t b o d y s u i t , G l a m o r o u s a t w w w. k o o v s .c o m , ` 67 5 ; l a c e - t r i m m e d b o d y s u i t , w w w. z i v a m e . c o m , ` 3 , 2 8 5 ; ‘ C a r l i t a Q u i n n’ leather boots, Clarks, ` 5,999; met al lock necklace, met al ‘ V ’ necklace, striped leather bag, all Louis Vuitton, a l l p r i c e s o n re q u e s t ; f i s h n e t s t o c k i n g s , s t y l i s t ’s ow n

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J e r s ey b i k i n i t o p , S h i v a n & N a r r e s h , ` 15 , 0 0 0 ; l e a t h e r s k i r t , H &M , ` 2 ,9 9 9 ; m e t a l t a s s e l l e d e a r r i n g s , V a l l i y a n b y N i t y a A r o r a , ` 7, 2 4 0 ; c r y s t a l b r a c e l e t s , all Swarovski, all prices on request; studded fringe bag, Christian Louboutin, price on request; embroidered heels, Christian Louboutin x Sabyasachi, price on request

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S h e e r d r e s s , R E D V a l e n t i n o , ` 5 7, 6 61 a p p r o x ; d e n i m m i l i t a r y j a c k e t , B u r b e r r y, ` 5 7, 5 0 0 ; me t al e arring s , Va lliya n by Nit ya A ror a , ` 4 ,4 6 0 ; ‘Crist aux De co Ch ain’ br ace le t , Atelier Swarovski by Lanvin Paris, price on request ( R i g h t ) J e r s e y b o d y - c o n d r e s s , D K N Y, ` 4 7, 4 4 3 a p p r o x ; ‘A n g e l D u s t ’ s t a c k e d m e t a l a n d c r y s t a l r i n g s , all Ish a r ya , ` 5 , 8 8 0 e ach; me t al r am he ad ne ck l ace , Va lliya n by Nit ya A ror a , ` 1,70 0

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M e sh blou se , Bia s , price on re que s t ; silk s at in slip dre ss , H ue m n , ` 18 , 50 0 ; le at he r h ar ne ss , Z a n a Bay ne for Gauri & Nainika , price on request; met al lock earrings, leather bracelets, all Louis Vuitton, prices on request; f r i n g e d w o v e n r a f f i a f l a t s , B l u m a r i n e , ` 2 9 , 4 11 a p p r o x ; m e t a l r i n g , D h o r a , p r i c e o n r e q u e s t (R ight) B ack le ss bod ysuit , Pria Kat a ria Puri, ` 10 ,0 0 0 ; se t of me t al ring s , Pipa+Be lla , ` 69 9

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Animal print br a , Avirate , price on request ; chain link jacket , C hristopher Ka ne at Le Mill, price on request; layered metal necklace, Swarovski, ` 8,490; metal tusk necklace, D e m e f o r P i p a+B e l l a , ` 1,159 ; l e a t h e r w a i s t b e l t , w w w. a s o s . c o m , ` 1, 6 53 a p p rox ; suede ankle strap heels, Christian Louboutin x Sabyasachi, price on request M o d e l R i k e e C h a t t e r j e e , H a i r a n d m a k e - u p R i c h a r d W i l k i n s o n a t To a b h Ta l e n t M a n a g e m e n t

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FASHION FASHION Jumpsuit with tulle sleeves, Cristinaeffe; glasses with pave crystals, Gucci

“It is the process of manufacture that determines the virtue of the fabric. We try and innovate without damaging or disrupting nature as much as possible”

ALL IN A NIGHT Rajesh Pratap Singh

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Blazer and trousers, both Roberto Cavalli; shirt with ruffles, Nara Camicie; clutch bag, Jimmy Choo; platform shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti Design


FASHION Lace vest and macramĂŠ trousers, both No. 21; shirt with bow, Rinascimento; glasses, Gucci; clutch bag, Roger Vivier; on him: blazer, shirt and trousers, all Dior Homme

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Vest, Pennyblack; embroidered dress in tulle and rings, all Gucci; boots, Jimmy Choo Casting Isadora Banaudi Model Marlena Szoka @Marylin Assisted by Ludovica Brugnoli Makeup Corinne Fouet @Airport using Nars Hair Patrice Delaroche @ B-Agency

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Knitted bra and lace briefs, Marks & Spencer, ` 1,699 and ` 599 respectively; Mesh-over-lace bra and briefs, Hunkemöller, ` 1,695 and ` 995 respectively

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Spice up your lingerie drawer with some luscious intimates. This month is about lace, sheer, backless, and all things risqué

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Multi-way bra and thong, both Amanté, ` 1,895 and ` 495 respectively

‘Body Make-up’ lace bra and panty, both Triumph, price on request

‘Embrace’ embroidered camisole, Wacoal, price on request

Ruffled camisole and shorts, Three Graces London at www.matchesfashion.com, ` 23,191 approx

Lace bra and briefs, both Hunkemöller, price on request

BUTTERFIELD 8

Take a cue from Elizabeth Taylor – not her one night stand in Butterfield 8, but the satin babydoll

Racerback bra and thong, both www.topshop.com, ` 1,327 and ` 330 approx respectively

Throw in some soft lace and pastels to get a delicate mix of separates.

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Printed sports bra and briefs, both Zara, ` 1,190 and ` 790 respectively

Printed sports bra, Tiffany & Tomato at www.ajio.com, ` 1,499

BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM A trend you don’t want to take off at the end of the day. february 2017

Crossback sports bra and briefs, both Calvin Klein Underwear, price on request

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Photographs THE CELBRITYCITY, Assistant Fashion Stylist ASHTI KOTHARI

Key-hole back detailed sports bra, www.prettysecrets.com, ` 699

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The ultimate lust list of the hottest lingerie in town inspired by the silver screen Who said being plus size means settling for less? Curvy Couture They ship internationally and also have a helpline for size queries. w w w.cur v ycouture.com Asos Curve This edit is one of the most versatile with sexy nightwear for plus-sized women. w w w.asos .com/asos_ cur ve Hips & Curves For the nights when you want to play dress-up, look through the leather section for their variety – harnesses to corsets. w w w.hipsandcur ves.com


Scallop lace bra, suspender belt and briefs, all Agent Provocateur, ` 5,727, ` 4,159 and ` 2,727 approx respectively

Lace corset and string detailed briefs, both H&M, ` 1,800 and ` 576 approx respectively

Y E S T E R D AY, T O D AY A N D T O M O R R O W

Halter neck teddy, Marks & Spencer, price on request

Knowing that you look your best is so incredibly empowering – and you can do it with lace teddies and suspender belts.

Sheer lace detailed bra and thong, both Heidi Klum Intimates at www.net-a-porter.com, ` 3,062 and ` 1,838 approx respectively

Lace detailed camisole and briefs, Fleur of England at www.matchesfashion.com, ` 9,360 and ` 4,730 approx

WHERE TO GET FITTED? Did you know most of us wear the wrong bra size without realising it? While the band on your bra may be comfor table, the cup size may be too small or big. For your comfor t and excellent f it, here’s a list of the places where you can find out which type of bra is made for your body shape and size.

Silk satin camisole, Carine Gilson at www.matchesfashion.com, ` 39,750 Anchor print bra and bikini briefs, www.arialeya.com, ` 2,880 and ` 1,600

Pudding print bra and briefs, www.topshop.com, ` 750 approx

Zivame w w w.zivame.com/studios

Seamless bra, www.prettysecrets.com, ` 699

Marks & Spencer The brand offers free bra f itting ser vices at all their stores across India. La Senza Fashion exper ts are always available at the stores for fittings.

T H E G R A D U AT E Having fun in bed new meaning. Go florals, polka dot puddings for that

Printed and lace bra and briefs, both Marks & Spencer, prices on request

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Suede boots, Michael Kors, ` 22,426

CHAINLINK

We’ve found the missing link between sexy and chic. You can access it via the anklet of a pair of sky-high heels.

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‘Begum’ copper necklace, Valliyan by Nitya Arora, ` 7,500

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Keychain, Louis Vuitton, price on request

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Rounded toe pumps, Michael Kors, price on request

Sheer detailed camisole, www.topshop.com, ` 3,200 approx

Embellished belt, INDIE PICKS at www.ajio.com, ` 559

Sheer skirt, H&M, ` 2,000 approx

Leaving its lingerie roots behind, this minimal separate has made its way to the streets. Belt it with a flouncy skirt to elevate it to a chic biker girl.

CHANEL

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Lace T-shirt, Zara, ` 1,790

Appliqué leather jacket, Dolce & Gabbana at www.outnet.com, ` 2,20,426

Corded lace camisole, Jonathan Simkhai at www.net-a-porter.com, ` 55,857

Ankle boots, Call It Spring, price on request

Geometric sunglasses, Aldo, ` 1299

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Ruffled detailed trouser, Diesel, price on request

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Keep it casual from the get-go with a street style favourite combo – denim and a Tee

Wide legged jeans, GAP, ` 3,999 Bomber jacket, Tommy Hilfiger, ` 7,999

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Leather jacket, Diesel Black Gold, price on request

PEEK-A-BOO

Trust the power of suggestion with cut-out details and sheer textures revealing a hint of what lies beneath

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Photographs THECELEBRITYCITY, Senior Fashion Editor PASHAM ALWANI

Innerwear as outerwear, tough leather and lots of skin – get down and ‘Dirrty’ with the look that successfully torpedoed Christina Aguilera’s girl-next-door image 1 Striped bikini, H&M, ` 2,700 2 Leather belt, www.koovs.com, ` 1,250 3 Leather bodysuit, Carousel by Simran Arya, ` 8,495 4 Leather skirt, Anthony Vaccarello at www.net-a-porter.com, ` 54,000 approx 5 Metal cross pendant, www.topshop.com, ` 750 6 Leather boots, Louis Vuitton, price on request 7 Studded jacket, Zara, ` 4,990 8 Metal hoop earrings, Accessorize, ` 900 9 Tasselled hot shorts, Diesel Black Gold, price on request 10 Leather bracelet, Aldo, ` 2,200

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FASHION NEWS Florals for spring don’t have to be predictable. Exhibit A

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bigwig as far as accessories go, Da Milano has been giving women their musthave handbags for years now. This time around, the brand’s Spring-Summer collection brings you one-of-a-kind pieces that are your money’s worth with embellished straps, floral motifs, and vibrant colours amongst other details. We spoke to Sahil Malik, managing director, Da Milano to get an idea of what’s in store.

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GRAZIA: Tell us about your new S/S 2017 collection. SAHIL MALIK: Well, we’re looking to cater towards younger audiences with this collection. Sahil Malik There are going to be a lot of sling bags, a lot of patchwork. We’re experimenting with 3D embellishments and embroidery on the bags as well as on the strap. G: How has your design ideology evolved over the years? SM: Da Milano, as a brand, has always designed products that cater to functionality and convenience. And we’ve always worked towards creating fashion at a reasonable price, and that’s our forte. The S/S 2017 collection is at par with any february juLy 2016 2017 FEBRUARY

“A S A BR A N D, DA M I L A N O H A S BE E N A BL E T O C A RV E A N ICH E F OR I T SE L F I N T H E L E AT H E R SEGM E N T.

Eye and arm candy alike, these bags are the perfect add-ons

I F YOU SE E OUR L I M I T E D E DI T ION COL L EC T ION S, E ACH PI E CE H A S BE E N M A DE BY H A N D T O GI V E I T I T S OW N I DE N T I T Y ”

European brand, but it’s going to be at 1/10th the price. This time our collections will have a lot more colour, a lot more work, and we’re moving towards trends that are international, and bold. G: What makes this collection so special? SM: We’ve really innovated this

time around. We’re making the bases of our bags broader so that they look more solid. We’re also using different hardware for the buckles and chains. Instead of using stark gold or silver, the bags now use tone-on-tone hardware. So if you’re carrying a grey bag, the hardware on the bag will also be grey. Similarly, we’re also using something known as rainbow hardware. Which is basically a multicolored metal. That’s going to be a big breakthrough in this collection and will differentiate it from what we’ve done in the past. The collection is available in Da Milano stores across the country


Sneaker Head One can never have enough sneakers. Repeat

What’s on our lust-list? These kicks

THE BIG BLUE We choose to feel blue this season with of lapis lazuli

A union we’re really looking forward to is Japanese hoards sportswear brand White Mountaineering and Yosuke Aizawa with adidas to create a sophisticated and Elevate your premium collection reflecting style and innovation. #ootd with Combining White Mountaineering’s modern these statement design with adidas Originals’ rich heritage, the earrings collection comprises classic adidas styles like hooded track tops, windbreakers, and trackpants, along with footwear. Look out for innovative, bold and modern sportswear. Available globally across adidas Originals stores and online on www.adidas.com

FAMILY PLOT Our favourite brand has a new addition to its family We are all set to welcome the new addition to the Fendi Dotcom family – the Dotcom small leather goods. With products such as wallets, clutches and chain pochettes, the elegant and contemporary Dotcom small leather collection adapts perfectly to the urban woman who wants to look classy, while still being understated. Crafted in quilted nappa leather with metal detailing, the collection comes in contrasting colours such as pale pink and powered blues to blacks and red. Available across Fendi boutiques worldwide and on www.fendi.com Pale hues and pretty things are exactly what one needs

Marrying ancient lapis lazuli with modern design is Tribe by Amrapali with their latest Lazur collection. The prized stone in a signature cobalt blue is a valued gem and an universal symbol of wisdom and truth. Inspired by its cultural and historic identity, Tribe by Amrapali’s Is it a bangle? Is collection consists of an assortment of it a work of art? rings, bracelets, cuffs and earrings for today’s woman.

Log onto www.tribebyamrapali.com for more

MORE IS MORE

Say hey to a beautiful cacaphony of prints, colours and textures

Minimal styles begone. We are embracing a blur of prints and colours

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he party season may be behind us, but we are not prepared to take our style statement down a notch. We are still in favour of colour, glitter, animal prints and jewelled embellishments to brighten up our outfits. Lucky for us, Christian Louboutin

has just introduced styles from their S/S 2017 that have all of the above. These precollection arrivals offer styles from anklestrap stilettoes for a night out, lug sole ankle boots for a rugged look and block heels both low and mid. Luxurious and well crafted, we are lusting after these red soles. Log onto www.christianlouboutin.com for more

GET SPORTY If your new year resolution was to stay fit and work out more, then do so in style with sporty picks from H&M. Style meets functionality, so the collection has trendy pieces ranging from panelled leggings, sports bras, shorts, to bodysuits and oversized jackets. Thanks to these comfortable and cool pieces, working out just got more fun. Shop the styles across H&M stores nationwide or on www.hm.com/in

These pieces will compel you to go the healthy way

We are going the athleisure way for a healthy start and major motivation


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This one is definitely more than just a time-teller. We can’t wait to strap it on

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We’re reluctant to let go of December’s party glitter but spring and summer do call for a bit of restraint. Our middle ground is jewel colours on our eyes and lips.

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THE COLOUR LUST Do you think it’s just limited to red? Passion is expressed in myriad ways, so why not pick a palette to go with it? P h o t o g r a p h s K E E G A N C R A S TO

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Mia Goth and Mia Wasikowska are the faces of Prada Femme’s campaign

The mood of the film is captured in a delicious play of light, seductively amorous and playful

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very much. I can distinguish quality in a second. For instance, even though I drink wine, I am never able to really understand a wine. But with perfume, I get it immediately. I remember being sixteen and the mother of a friend had this really incredible perfume. I was obsessed with it. It was from a little artisanal shop on Madison Avenue that no longer exists called Shelley Marks. I had other perfumes, but with that one I really fell in love. I used to go to New York and buy the perfume from the shop; with an old man who only used to make perfumes in the summer with a few students. At some point it closed down. And then I felt really bad; for me this was kind of a disaster. G: So, in a sense, you wear a version of a memory. Do you feel that fragrance has become part of you? MP: I don’t know what makes me so attracted to it... We have a very strong relationship to fragrance. Sometimes it’s about the fantasy, but for me, it is something really physical and totally instinctive. G: So how does this work with La Femme Prada and L’Homme Prada? MP: What I think is most difficult, is that I was afraid of the advertising. That’s because you have to reduce the whole fantasy of the SCENTUAL

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Look out for heady frangipani tempered down with ylang-ylang, vanilla and tuberose, rounded off with fresh velvety notes of vetiver.

Prada Femme, price on request

perfume down to an image. It is usual to represent one woman and one man generically, and we decided we wanted more than one woman and one man. Ideally, this is the main concept: that there isn’t a single icon representing the dream of a woman or a man. It is actually the opposite, that these people represent the reality, the differences and so on. G: Identity and memory are very important in these fragrances... MP: And instinct for sure, and how you do not quite know what moves you. It is the same when you are attracted to a person – there is no reason. What perfume covers are unknown things, mysteries, and instinct. Perfume is not logical, that’s for sure. G: Well, it’s what you said about that first fragrance. It’s like being in love. MP: You can’t play at being in love; you either are or you aren’t. Here we come to the truth.


BEAUTY Jasmine

The seducer: Jasmine is known as the ‘mistress of the night’ as its sensual scent reaches its peak once the sun goes down. Its fragrance is said to directly boost the libido, uplifting moods. The healer: Jasmine oils include GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) that helps regulate and influence over-excitement in the brain. It relieves stress and depression while instilling joy and mental alterness. Try: Forest Essentials Cold-Pressed Body Massage Oil Madurai Jasmine & Mogra, ` 1,150

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Oils to get your heart racing and indulge in

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Cinnamon

The seducer: With its sweetbalsamic aroma, it’s widely used as an aphrodisiac in aromatherapy. Since it’s also an antidepressant, it keeps you and your partner ‘happy’ through the night. The healer: Its invigorating, sensual scent has a strong hold on your emotions. It also circulates blood flow and increases energy. Try: Kama Ayurveda Ylang Ylang Pure Essential Oil, ` 550

The seducer: Looking to turn up the heat? Turn to this spice that gets your body temperature soaring. Application of cinnamon oil is apparently more potent than consuming the spice. The healer: High sugar levels are a major cause for a lack of libido. This spice, rich in antioxidants, helps moderate sugar levels, when consumed. Try: Soulflower Cinnamon Essential Oil, ` 383

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The seducer: At the risk of sounding corny, it’s hard to talk love without mentioning the flower that represents it. The essence soothes your senses, calms and relieves anxiety and acts through your heart chakra helping unify spiritual and physical love. The healer: Rose oil has been lauded across the beauty industry for its astringent-like effects. It’s also a great antiseptic and antidepressant. Try: Khadi Herbal Massage Oil Rose & Geranium, price on request

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TH E U LTI MATE TEA PARTY Seven designers. Four tasks at hand. One host. And one make-up expert. Everything you need to know about the party you missed

A full house at the Tea Party hosted by Grazia and Lakmé

Designer Nishka Lulla lost in conversation

Lakmé Official Make-Up Expert Daniel Bauer in front of the camera for a change

LIP POUT FISHBOWL Bringing the Grazia Lakmé Tea Party to a close was a lucky draw. One that had every damsel puckering up. The prettiest pout print of them all? Nishka Lulla bagged the trophy.

THE EASY CHIC BRIDE The one where designers played dress up. The seven designers and their respective teams were asked to pick a muse and give her a bridal makeover. Not just sartorially, but a beauty transformation too by using Lakmé Absolute products. Naming their collection sealed the deal. Daniel Bauer and Grazia’s Mehernaaz Dhondy judged the contest. And the designer with the best muse was Ridhi Mapxencar.

Throw Grazia and Lakmé together and you’ve got fashion and beauty at its spiffiest best. Seven designers – Nishka Lulla, Payal Singhal, Riddhi Mapxencar, Ritika Bharwani, Shruti Sancheti, Shubhika Davda and Sonaakshi Raaj, hosted their friends at The Grazia Lakmé Tea Party at St Regis, Mumbai last month. An afternoon that kickstarted with an Easy Chic Illuminate Bridal Look masterclass held by Lakmé’s Official Make-Up Expert Daniel Bauer. What started as a ‘class’ ended on quite a riotous note. Something even emcee Leeza Mangaldas couldn’t play down. » Makeover time for Payal Singhal’s muse

Nishka Lulla’s bride gets an expert touch

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Designer Sonaakshi Raaj gets clicked with muse and sister Malvika Raaj The seven muses that played ‘Easy Chic Bride’ strike a pose with Daniel Bauer

Daniel overlooking Shruti Sancheti’s team for wthe Easy Chic Bride makeover

Designer Shubhika Davda and muse get camera friendly

Shruti Sancheti deconstructing her bride

Team Sonaakshi Raaj participates in full swing

Blame it on the challenge, but this has to be the quickest manicure ever Papa Don’t Preach designer, Shubhika Davda along with her team

Winners of the Easy Chic Bride, team Ridhi Mapxencar

THE STILETTO MANICURE RELAY RACE The round where guests got to flex their (calf) muscles. A mini relay in stilettos. The goal? To pick a member of each team and paint her nails with Lakmé Absolute nail polishes with the nail paint as the baton between stiletto runners. Fastest on the trigger was Sonaakshi Raaj and her team.

THE QUIZ A room full of fashion geeks meant we had to have a fashion quiz. A contest that had everyone at the edge of their seat with decibel levels soaring high with on-the-spot responses. Shruti Sancheti and her team trumped all in the cutthroat session.

What went down at the Stiletto Manicure Race

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BEAUTY REPORTER STRESS LESS TRESSES We found TLC for our hair in a bit of a magic cloth

Words RITUPARNA SOM, KARISHMA LOYNMOON

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air is at its weakest when it’s wet – it’s why you’re advised to treat it gently, don’t tug it, don’t use a fine toothed comb and basically handle it like a live bomb. Even your quintessential blow dry should be done only on damp hair, NOT wet hair. So perhaps all you need is a towel? And then some more. Try the Aquis, made of aquitex, an innovative fabric woven from ultra-fine fibres to create a lightweight material with superior water wicking capabilities that dries your hair quickly and gently with minimal friction. Genius, right? It’s even available in Desert Rose and Cloudy Berry colours, besides the minimal White. So why should you make this your BFF? IT REDUCES HAIR DAMAGE Hair is at its most vulnerable when wet, losing 60 per cent of its strength thanks to keratin proteins absorbing all the water. These fibres then swell and stretch, causing ruptures. So the faster you dry hair naturally, the less it swells and stretches.

IT REDUCES FRIZZ If you’re still thinking your towel can do the work, read on. When hair is roughly towel dried, the movement causes the hair cuticles (those wonderful bits that make your hair shine) to rub together, causing damage. Heavy bath towels also drag hair down, stretching the hair in its most fragile state. YOU CAN CARRY IT ANY WHERE Gym, holidays, random moment when you want to sport a Carmen Miranda turban look. It’s compact, easy to use, and is only focussed on making your hair look and be its healthiest best. Aquis is available exclusively at Jean-Claude Biguine salons across the country, ` 2,000

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Fi ve se duc t i ve s pr i t ze s t h at ’ll le ave you in t he mood w ay af t e r V- D ay The skull and roses motif complements this roseinfused fragrance. Police To Be Rose Blossom, price on request

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Krsnaa Mehta’s design takes on a range of perfumes, Eternal Garden. Jasmine delicately lingers longer than you’d think. All Good Scents Eternal Garden Jasmine, price on request

The floraloriental scent lures you in with zesty punches of mandarin, yuzu, water lily and others. Aigner Début, price on request

The online destination launches a box of seven sweet-and-classic scents from varied brands. www.perfumebooth.com Lurve Perfume Selfie Box, ` 475


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All roads lead to a new salon that’s changing our care routine. Look out for these signature treatments Black Pearl Hydrating Facial, ` 4,500 Nothing spells downtime better than this facial. It’s a hour long treatment that combines their in house secret ingredient Black Pearl, hyaluronic acid and micromolecules incorporating antiageing properties. It helps cell regeneration and oxygenation.

Relaxing 3 Continents Massage, ` 3,800 This body massage unifies three (Californian, Swedish and Chinese) techniques in one, with essential oils. Confusing? Not when it soothes, calms and stimulates your lymphatic system.

Californian Highlights, price on request If you’re a Dessange fanatic, we bet you’re lining up there to get your hair coloured. They’re known for their Californian highlights, a balayage technique, which swaps a foil wrapped strand (that could be damaging) with cotton pads.

Eyelash extensions, price on request Love the effect of falsies? Eyelashes, that is. Try lash extensions that last longer. The salon can also correct your length and volume, embed 3D lashes or even get you twinkling with Swarovski crystals.

Signature Nutri Royale Manicure, ` 1,100 The manicure is known for its usage of an enriching Nutri Royale cream. The shea butter and wild mango nourishes and repairs. Nenuphar flower extracts calm, while baobab extracts retain moisture.

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“ I u s e a l i p s t i c k t h a t ’s a c ro s s between a red and pink. On days w h e n I ’m n o t wo r k i n g , I l i ke my skin to breathe with a dash of colour on my lip. So when I visited the laboratory a few months ago, they managed to replicate that exact shade, which we w i l l i n t ro d u c e s o o n . L e t ’s hope you like it!”

G: Your hectic schedule must take a toll on your skin? JF: Which is why two things take precedence. Numero uno is sleep. Next in line is water. It immediately shows if you don’t consume enough of it. You get bags under your eyes and your skin looks tired.

MASKED BEAUTY Want that Jacqueline Fernandez glow? Who better than the star herself to give you all the secrets behind it?

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t’s hard to keep track of our February cover girl Jacqueline Fernandez. If you follow her on Instagram, you’ll know what we mean. Her schedule is choc-abloc – shoots interspersed with workout challenges, mixed in with some insanely delicious meals – avocado toast and berry smoothies anyone? But if there’s one thing we wanted to know more of, it was this – the secret behind that fabulous glowing skin. The ambassador of The Body Shop was only too happy to tell us. GRAZIA: What are your beauty mainstays? JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ: The Body Shop’s bestselling Vitamin C range. And Oils Of Life. People think that because it’s an oil, it’ll leave your face greasy. But that’s not the case. I’d recommend it to everyone because it’s a miracle for your skin’s texture. It’s plumped, hydrated and moisturised my skin. I apply it while travelling in the plane, and before hitting the sack. G: What do you find beautiful? JF: When someone laughs and smiles. So I’d just say spread that joy around. Because you can’t compete with something like that.

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G: If you had to pin down must-have products, they’d be… JF: I’m strict about three products. A make-up removercum-cleanser to get rid of daily dirt and grime and all my make-up. A really good face wash – I prefer the one from the Vitamin C range as it has antioxidants and mildly exfoliates. Lastly, moisturiser that protects and leaves my skin supple. G: What about The Body Shop is especially endearing? JF: I’ve been using The Body Shop since I was a kid. But they’ve come a long way, not just with their innovations and technology, but also because of how mild their products are on the skin. Above all, they’re organic and cruelty-free. I find it hard to use products that have been tested on animals. Over time, I’ve grown dependent on The Body Shop.

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Don’t just eat your super food. Smother it on your face too. Look out for The Body Shop’s latest release - Five vegan facemasks inspired by traditional beauty remedies across the world. • Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask • British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask • Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask • Chinese Ginseng And Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask • Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask Use as per your skin’s needs – or treat yourself to some multi-masking.


LOVE LOVE Photograph KEEGAN CRASTO, Art Director AARTI THARWANI, Compiled by RITUPARNA SOM

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Seduction trick number 1: When in doubt, smoke it out

IsaDora Eyeshadow Trio in Havana Browns, ` 1,190

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B EE HIV E Where you live is also where you work – the new-age way of life is here, and we love its design for new living

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he morning’s dawned grey and cloudy. The last thing you want to do is step outside. And yet, it’s a Monday, and you’ve got to earn that pay cheque. How enviable would it be not step out of the house and still work? Welcome to new living, where you get to decide how your day, your career and finally your life unfolds. Technology has made the necessity of physical presence obsolete in our professional lives – which gives us the leeway to pursue our passions and interests, and turn them into our careers. Allow your personality to flow intuitively into multiple corners and rooms. Whether it’s pieces of furniture, the colour of your walls, the layout of your room – the final result is a space that’s much larger than what’s defined by four walls. A R M CH A IR TR AVE L

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Your cosy and sophisticated home is also an eco system of multiple activities

Make work spaces a stylish part of your bedroom

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So what is this revolutionary way that people are seeing new spaces? We are no longer defined by just one habit, one pursuit, one calling. We live in a world that demands constant stimuli for interesting people. Our personalities are a contrary, evolving set of interests and we are keen to extend these into our spaces. We want to see our spaces adapt to our everchanging needs and demands. Interesting people want to live in interesting spaces. Homes are no longer just refuges from fast paced office lifestyles. Instead a new design movement is reimagining activity based living by creating activity based ecosystems. O N E RO O M , O N E M AN S I O N

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Modern life is about transitioning from one mode to another, with minimum effort and maximum output.

Your home is now a mix of a multitude of activities. Using mediums like Pinterest and Instagram, it’s easy to create moodboards to create myriad spaces within your home. Space is a premium, the ultimate luxury. But thanks to some innovative thinking, you can sign up for it, by following a few blanket rules.

• Turn your bedroom into your office but delineate the spaces using beautiful screens, a curtain or blinds. Did you know that even your bed can be your work space. Think of laptop tables or minimal tables on wheels that can wheel over in the morning, and rest against walls in the evening. GRAZIA TIP: Keep your desk surface as minimal and uncluttered as possible to imbibe a zen zone in your bedroom/office. • Make your living room a library. You can use a wall of books as art – an organic extension of your personality. If stuck for space, try having trolley cupboards of books – that can easily slide around to change the look, space and dimension of your constrained spaces. GRAZIA TIP: You don’t have to spend a lot of money buying new books. Spend a few weekends scouting your local raddiwalla – he’d bound to have an exhaustive collection that’s both enjoyable and colourful.

Lounge and work in spaces that flow into each other seamlessly

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T H E C U LT U R E C H A R T S M O V I E S , A R T, B O O K S , A N D M O R E , H E R E A R E O U R T O P P I C K S O F T H I N G S T H AT G O T U S TA L K I N G T H I S M O N T H

STOP WITH THE SLUT SHAMING Last night, I was on a call with one of my married girlfriends who is in her mid 40s. Sexy, super toned and not scared to show skin, always flaunting her tattooed cleavage or her bare, bronzed back, she had recently struck up a great camaraderie, bordering on flirtatious, with a 20-something, her workout partner in her neighborhood gym. It wasn’t something that was going to go down Sreemoyee well with the other married women Piu Kundu in her plush complex, who gossiped about how sexually frustrated she was, alleging that since her husband kept long working hours, she was sneaking in young lovers into her apartment. “Talking and laughing are my only sins. Just because I have a 10-yearold son, am I expected to look like a frump and behave perennially in an asexual manner, and keep away from interactions with men half my age?” she paused, sounding hurt, adding as an afterthought, “One of my neighbors even calls me Savitha bhabhi. Is my only fault that I wear shorts and colour my hair? Is looking young a crime for a married woman who is expected to behave a certain way, after a certain age? Having a husband and a child is almost like a character certificate! You are blessed to be single, man!” I think of her being compared to the Indian pornographic illustrated avatar Savitha bhabhi, and how Indian society demands my friend’s overt sexuality be conditioned and curtailed thanks to the vermillion smeared between her tresses. I think of why her proximity with a man who is not her spouse means her stepping outside a lakshman rekha that society draws around a woman who is now someone else’s. How she must live sans desire, both physical and emotional. How her free mixing is persecuted as promiscuity. One of my readers also wrote to me about her son, a teenager, a pimple-faced 14-year-old who always threatened her when she went out to socialise alone with her male classmates from catering school. He would say, “I’ll tell dad

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In the aftermath of the horrific Bengaluru molestation, we invited feminist writer and columnist Sreemoyee Piu Kundu to throw some light on slut shaming. And why women need to rewrite the rules

what you are up to.” His words were humiliating and hurtful, especially since she’d sacrificed her flourishing career, and had chosen wilfully to be a stay-at-home mom, tending to a bedridden mother-in-law, while her spouse, a busy corporate, was flying around the world on work. “Is this the price I pay? The son I bore treating me like a slave? He even checks my phone and hates it when I sport Western clothes, laughing at my paunch, like my husband, calling me ‘fatso’ or ‘ugly’. Must I justify my moves all the time – where I want to go? Who I will have over at home? Must I feel like a slut when I wear a backless blouse?” I think of everything I recently read on social media, post the Bengaluru molestation, angry, retaliatory voices, protesting against what minister Abu Azmi remarked so derogatorily, of women who don short skirts and scour the streets past midnight deserving to be raped, sounding no different than the Nirbhaya rapist who sitting in jail, made sickeningly misogynistic comments that was part of a BBC documentary. I think of the word slut – and how women slander their own sex in equal measure when they see signs of nonconformism. How in my own friends’ circle in New Delhi, one of my girlfriends who is married and promiscuous and dresses provocatively, is often referred to as a ‘slut’ in passing – the vermillion on her forehead forms her boundary line of the desires she must not possess, the child she should have borne by now, the way she blow dries her hair, having transformed from the simpleton she once was, her clothes now branded, her make-up imported, her gait, sexy. The way every move of hers is attributed to a ‘fast’ lifestyle – the way another single friend living alone is always probed about her sex life, how men staying over at night is seen as a mark of her horniness, how a single woman must stay virginal to prove her character. I think about how getting a house on rent is a form of torture for a divorced woman, about how a nosy landlady asked a woman I recently interviewed for my book on single women in India Status Single why her ex had left her. “You advertising girls are all sluts… smoking and boozing… coming back late

and sleeping with married bosses, no wonder you are an issueless divorce…” she muttered, frowning disapprovingly. I think of the little boy who was playing in my home or my reader’s growing son, and I ask myself, when did they start judging us? Our bodies? Our clothes? Our life choices? And how are they any different from the women who taint us and witch hunt someone who is not married, dresses demurely or doesn’t draw attention to her breasts, her buttocks, her face – whose brazen sexuality is branded as that of a whore? I think of what a highly publicised slut walk achieves in the end. When are we teaching our girl children to demurely cover their cleavage, stay clear of boys and never hop on to an empty bus or come back home late – when the consequences are rape, acid attacks and sexual discrimination in the workplace. Of how gender equality in India is such an unfair barter – how we will always in some way be the weaker sex – because strength is never celebrated here. A woman’s body is her bane. Her womb, her destiny. Her choices, her character certificate. When will this slut-shaming stop for my sex? With proper sex education inculcated into our broader education system, when we can talk about periods freely with our adolescent girls, when fathers don’t have to cover the eyes of their girls when there is a sexually explicit scene on television? When colleges don’t pass rules that condemn short skirts and shorts as vulgar and smoking and drinking aren’t seen as symbolic of a wasted, fast lifestyle that will eventually be responsible for us remaining single or ruining our safe and sacred marriages? When a leading Bollywood hero doesn’t yank off the dupatta from a heroine, and chase her on bikes in a classic case of playful ‘cherkhani,’ when a top paid actress has the guts to say no to a sleazy item number with crass, double meaning lyrics that objectify a woman to her lowest common denominator – her buttocks, her breasts, her inner thighs. When we don’t paint a successful single woman as having slept her way to the top – when we aren’t constantly second-guessing or stereotyping a woman as this or that – a sati or a slut.


Forget 50 Shades of Grey; these films know how to show sex

At the Movies Blue Is The Warmest Colour It was best film of 2013, and its treatment of a woman’s sexuality and sexual orientation is brilliant.

The Dreamers When a male American student starts living with French twins it’s all about sexual exploration.

Turn Me On, Dammit! A refreshing take on a teenage girl eager to explore sex and sexuality, but it doesn’t go as she hoped.

RACY INSTAGRAMS TO F O L LOW N OW

L E T ’ S TA L K A B OU T SE X B A BY

If you’re looking beyond bare derrieres, these pages are fodder for the eyes and body

3. @PETITESLUXURES That steamy tryst on the office desk or just some regular midweek bondage? Look for abstract illustrations paired with witty captions to tantalise your brains. Oh, and it’s all in French.

4. @HOTDUDESREADING For all the sapiosexual ladies in the house, these beefy bookworms reading on the subway are perfect for daytime fantasising. 5. @NUDE_YOGAGIRL What’s better fitness inspiration than the female body in all its nimble glory? This anonymous European model displays a variety of dizzying contortions. It’s just the positive motivation you need to ace the day. 6. @NAROPINOSA Sex gets graphic in this mind boggling curation of sensuality and global art. 7. @TAMARALICH Feminist by nature, photographer by profession, Tamara Liechtenstein makes eyeballs roll with her organic portrayal of female nudity – pubic hair, body ink, the works. 8. @VINTAGE70S American Apparel meets Vetements, and it’s all about fishnets, midriffs and raw sex appeal.

On the Bookshelf Writing about sex and sexuality is tricky business. But these books get it just right

The Purity Myth Jessica Valenti Seal Press Time to analyse the ultimate question: Why is a woman’s worth solely dependent on her sexuality?

Sex At Dawn Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá Harper Collins Could the modern rules of monogamy and marriage be completely misguided?

The Man Who Was A Woman And Other Queer Tales From Hindu Lore Devdutt Pattanaik Routledge Pattanaik explores all the stories about queer people that occur in Hindu mythology. And there are many.

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower Stephen Chbosky Pocket Books The movie was brilliant, no doubt. But if you really want to know how teenagers think, you need to read the book.

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Words AISHWARYA DRAVID and TANYA MEHTA

2. @LOOK_AT_THIS_PUSSY Who knew your hooha could resemble the mystical confines of the Antelope Canyon or even a pink inflatable lounger from www.amazon. com? Well, the similarity is uncanny. This risqué yet comical page peers into the deeper significance of mundane objects that look like female genitalia.

Sexting is passé, but not when you’re using emojis to do it. Here are our favourite sexts, care to guess?

Answers: 1.netflix and chill; 2. shower sex; 3. booty call; 4. mile high club; 5. second base; 6. third base; 7. fantastic sex

1. @KAT_IN_NYC New York based photographer Kat Irlin tastefully captures cinemaworthy scenes of intimacy. We’re talking frothy bathwater and candle light. It’s all very urban boudoir. Plus she’s a total babe herself.

Unfreedom The film addresses two sensitive topics: Homosexuality and terrorism.

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HOROSCOPE

STARS SHINE DOWN

Aquarians crave a satisfying, complementary relationship which gives them freedom and tolerance along with mental and physical stimulation. With the right partner, they will be passionate, uninhibited and understanding. If you’re spending your life with one, the good thing is they’ll rarely display jealousy. Their sex drive is not unduly strong, but their need to explore sometimes gives others the impression their desires are unconquerable. They can be very playful and attentive lovers and will put a great deal of energy into satisfying their partners. Aquarians are open to all forms of experimentation (in the pursuit of new knowledge, of course).

DATE NIGHT DOS: Anything chilled out works for Aquarians – hit

A R I E S Mar 21 – Apr 20

the cinema (corner seats, anyone?), head out on a long drive or a quick midnight coffee. Ruled by the energy of Mars, the sign of heat and fire goes for what they want. They can be very charming and hard to resist by the opposite sex. As an Arian, know that at times, you need to downplay your aggression so that your advances do not overwhelm your proposed love interest. In a relationship, Arians assume the role of motivator and want to control. You can’t control the way Arians want things done around the bedroom; it’s best to listen and enjoy the ride. As lovers, Arians are enthusiastic and adventurous. They will always want to take their lovemaking to new heights. Their partners can sometimes be overwhelmed by this spirited approach. If you’re hoping to woo an Arian, throw the rulebook out of the window, and plunge headfirst into uncharted territories.

DATE NIGHT DOS: No

mush, no sweet-talking, no gazing into each other’s eyes in a candlelit room. The more raw and realistic, the better it is.

P I S C E S Feb 19 – Mar 20

A Q U A R I U S Jan 21 – Feb 18 Pisceans need to be needed. They suffer from a fear of rejection and low self-esteem. If their partner is strong and caring, the lucky Piscean will soar to new heights. Conversely, if they find themselves in an unfulfilling relationship, they will prolong the agony, feeling like they deserve the misery, and assuming the role of a martyr. Pisceans do best when involved with a solid personality who enjoys their romantic fantasies. There is no stronger, loyal and caring a lover than a Piscean, but their need for emotional and sensual reassurances sometimes leads to flirtations. They are the most loving and giving of the signs, but their ability to select an inappropriate partner is legendary. In the right relationship, their sexuality will blossom and become something of an art, especially as they get older, more experienced and confident.

DATE NIGHT DOS: Pisceans should

be taken care of, and the entire candyflowers routine works wonders with them. Take them out on a surprise dinner, and make sure you take along a giftwrapped present.

T A U R U S Apr 21 – May 20 Taureans are deeply romantic and very loyal. They value harmony in a relationship. They will go to extremes to keep their sweetie happy. The Taurean need for the good life is equalled by their need to share that life with someone special. Sexually, Taureans are straightforward and downto-earth. A no-nonsense approach is favoured; too much verbalising or complex fantasising is not a Taurean trait. The depth of a Taurean’s passion may not be understood by others, and if you’re dating a Taurean, the good news is that they are focused on making you happy.

DATE NIGHT DOS: Keep it romantic. Candlelit dinners, weekend getaways and being told that they are loved all fit the bull’s bill.

G E M I N I May 21 – Jun 20 Geminis love intelligent conversation, so the way to their heart is through their head. They are best involved with a steadier, stronger personality who will tolerate and enjoy their OG socialbutterfly talents. They are willing to experiment with all manner of relationship styles. As long as their partner is exciting, adventurous and willing to discuss their exploits in detail, it’s a two-way street for them in terms of giving what you’re receiving. Typically, they think the joys of an occasional adventure make up for the risks involved. Geminis are exciting companions who crave excitement and variety. Keep the boring at bay to keep your relationship sparkling.

DATE NIGHT DOS: Surprise your Gemini partner by showing up at their doorstep with flight tickets. Keep it romantic yet real.

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HOROSCOPE Romance, romps or rock-solid relationships – whatever your real-life chemistry lesson is at the moment, our go-to tarot reader and numerologist Shradha Salla is here to guide you through the choppy waters of our favourite four-lettered word (not that one)

C A N C E R Jun 21 – Jul 22

Aug 24 – Sep 22

VIRGO

DATE NIGHT DOS: A daylong date would mean doing a bunch of different things, from dancing to dinner to drinks – just remember to always keep it to the two of you and not invite friends along, even if it’s just for dessert. Virgos are particular, practical and realistic rather than romantic. They are slow-burning fuses in the art of lovemaking. Once properly ignited, a situation can lead to an explosion that’d take a while to cool down. They are, however, very fastidious and critical of the personal habits of others, which can be a big turn-off and prevent them from achieving a fulfilling relationship, or even participating at all in the messy business of involvement. They are unwilling to discuss their innermost feelings with anyone save a very trusted confidante or lover. Anyone who wishes to get to know them deeply must be prepared to persevere, in which case they will prove a lifelong friend-lover.

DATE NIGHT DOS: If in a long-term

relationship, a short holiday is a must every few months. That’s where the Virgos let themselves let go and get wild. Water dates are a hit, so swimming or a dip in the jacuzzi might make for a moment to remember.

SCORPIO

Oct 24 – Nov 22 Scorpios have a dark and enigmatic style which, combined with an irresistible personal magnetism, creates a fascination in the opposite sex. They ooze sexual excitement and require a partner who can keep up with their marvellous capacity for taking everything to the limit and beyond. The Scorpion’s intuition is remarkably accurate, and so, they can pick out a prospective partner at first sight. They need, however, to keep a part of themselves private. They can be unduly domineering in relationships, especially if their partner is weaker. Their biggest problem is finding someone who, while strong enough to maintain a tempestuous lifestyle, is interesting enough to remain a challenge.

DATE NIGHT DOS: If you’re

pursuing a Scorpion, it's best to allow them to plan it all out; you can sit back and enjoy the ride.

L I B R A Sep 23 – Oct 23 Love and marriage – two things Librans love. But they also enjoy harmless flirting and are great at balancing the two. To a large extent, their relationship becomes their identity. Librans can be very sensual and eager to explore both, the spiritual and physical limits of their relationships. Shaping their relationship and creating entrancing moments is where they focus their creativity. Preferring to be the pursued one, their ultimate goal is pleasure and harmony. They are best involved with someone who understands their need for romance and search for the perfect environment.

DATE NIGHT DOS: Be experimental when it comes to pursuing a Libran. A dinner today, an al fresco date tomorrow, and taking them off on a holiday day after will show them that you can offer variety.

L E O Jul 23 – Aug 23 The lion’s love for fun is outdone only by their penchant for romance. They are faithful lovers with a passion that may seem too hot to handle. Leos may not always be willing to try new things which did not spring from their own fantasies, but a clever lover may slowly introduce new methods of expressing love to their relationship. Once the Leo realises they are fun, they will be won over. Leos sometimes cling to bad relationships because their egos will not allow them to admit they may have made a mistake. Spur-of-the-moment intoxications, not being protective or cautious, and a generally impulsive temperament means they will be willing to give anything a shot but might be filled with regret the morning after. If you’re with a Leo, just ensure you know exactly what they want.

DATE NIGHT DOS: Take them dancing;

the night won’t end till you do. Or land up at their house with a bottle of wine, order in food, and you will have a night to remember.

C APRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 20

The most nurturing sign of the zodiac, Cancerians seek a secure nest. They are best involved with someone who understands their creativity and accepts them for what they are. Because their emotions are so powerful, they seek a partner who is stable and responsive, while at the same time understanding of their intermittent need for solitude and alternating with a gregarious desire for companionship and stimulation. The crabs are protective, even possessive. While not domineering, they can become very jealous lovers when they feel insecure. Although they present a hard shell to the outside world, they are sensitive and caring by nature. As lovers, they seek security and fidelity. When with a lover they trust, both of them flourish. They are ready to experiment and explore every single act in the book but only with that one partner.

Capricorns are slow starters, but prove to be explosive performers and longlasting, loyal companions. They are quite skilled with people once they overcome their initial reserve. When aroused, Capricorns are enthusiastic and adventurous in the art of love, but can be possessive and jealous when threatened. Partners can sometimes be overwhelmed by the intensity of their passion, coming as it does from beneath such a cool exterior. In marriage, they are loyal, good providers and strive to develop a strong home environment.

DATE NIGHT DOS: They love nature, long walks leading to romps under the trees, beaches, oceans… plan something wilder and that will work too.

S A G I T T A R I U S Nov 23 – Dec 21 Sagittarians love any new form of sexual expression that challenges and excites them. Tolerant and eager to please at the same time, they love a more mysterious or veiled approach to the relationship. Sagittarians are best involved with someone who can understand their need for independence and yet, still be there after an occasional flair of temper. Their frank and open motives are often misunderstood. Although they hate to be tied down, they are willing to experiment with all manners of relationship styles. If you’re with a Sagittarian, do extra time to keep up with their wide-ranging interests and be prepared to come up with new experiments to extend the shelf life of the relationship.

DATE NIGHT DOS: Plan whatever you want but make sure it’s a surprise. Top it up with a gift for brownie points.

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GAP Select Citywalk Mall, Saket, New Delhi. Tel: (011) 41053160

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FASHION FINALE

Photograph KEEGAN CRASTO, Senior Graphic Designer PIYALI PODDAR, Assistant Fashion Stylist ASHTI KOTHARI

mber and slay on nu m ni de a ith w ar at av Grunge up your sexy

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